Neuro Developmental Technique

NDT promotes motor learning for improving proper participation and function of the body.


Physical and occupational therapists use neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) as a hands-on therapeutic technique. NDT was created to help adults and children who have trouble controlling their movements as a result of neurological issues including cerebral palsy, stroke, or head damage.

As a treatment method, guided or assisted movements are used to guarantee that input from tactile, vestibular, and somatosensory receptors within the body is correlated.

Patients with brain injuries have a limited repertoire of movement patterns, hence NDT was created with that in mind. Repeated movement experience throughout treatment interventions guarantees that a certain pattern is easily accessible for motor function. The longer a patient does specific movements, the more natural they become. Without NDT, the patient is likely to establish a narrow set of movement patterns that he or she would use for almost all tasks. NDT should begin before the patient's brain becomes hard-wired with such generalised movement synergies.

NDT therapists have completed advanced training that allows them to appropriately assess and treat the wide range of neuro-motor disorders that these people face, allowing them to become as functional and independent as possible. Patients, their families and caregivers, physicians, and other members of the rehabilitation team collaborate with NDT-trained therapists to build and implement a comprehensive treatment programme for each person that is based on scientific principles and current research.

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