Dynamic Movement Intervention Therapy
What is DMI?
DMI is a technique that is used to treat children with developmental delays. It uses gravity to provoke autonomic postural responses and relies on neuroplasticity to form new neural connections within the brain. The main goal of DMI therapy is to provoke a specific motor output in response to a specific motor task.
The Role of Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to alter its neural structures and pathways in response to internal and external stimuli. When presented with new and challenging tasks, the brain is forced to build new pathways and form new connections in order to complete the activity appropriately. DMI stimulates neuroplasticity by presenting the child with a novel task, thus, forcing the brain to create and use new pathways in order to achieve the desired motor outcome.
DMI specific exercises target many different aspects of development, from head and trunk control, to transitioning in and out of different positions, to refining gross movements such as walking.
Benefits of DMI
1. Stimulates postural control/verticality
2. Promotes neurological maturity
3. Develops autonomic motor patterns
4. Exposure to gravitational forces
5. Stretching of muscles
6. Modifies tone
7. Reflex integration
8. Improve abnormal movement patterns
9. Organizes sensory input
10. Gross motor development