Neuroplasticity & Proprioception Roles in Fall Risk Reduction
Neuroplasticity and neuroprotection provide us with a brain that can adapt not only to changes inflicted by damage but also to experiences. With this understanding, we can intervene to help with balance, gait and reducing fall risk in our patients. Proprioception is also an integral part of movement, somatosensory input, gait and balance that is impacted by aging and disease as well. We can intervene to help the somatosensory input to ultimately reduce fall risk. Evidence shows that early interventions lead to the best outcomes.
Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, CGCP, is an expert in fall prevention and neuro-rehab with more than 25 years of experience treating patients with hemiplegia, neuromuscular disorders, TBI, and SCI. She has a special interest in COVID-19 ‘Long Haulers’ and advanced technology. She had been involved extensively with neuroprosthetic devices, lower extremity orthotics, and exoskeletons at the Rehab Institute of Michigan.
Ms. Denes travels nationally to present seminars on fall prevention and geriatric rehabilitation. Additionally, her expertise has been presented through expert witness work, both nationally and locally. Ms. Denes is a graduate of University of Michigan’s PT program, and she earned her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment for Adult Hemiplegia (NDT) at The Rehab Institute of Chicago. She helped create the certifications of ‘Fall Prevention Specialist’ and a ‘Geriatric Care Professional’ with Evergreen Certifications and sits on their advisory board.
Financial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes is the owner of Denes Physical Therapy Consulting LLC. She is a consultant with NewGait™ and Experts in Therapy LLC. Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes is an advisory board member for Evergreen Certifications.