Motor imagery (notes 4)

Visualization and imagery engine

This is one of the strengths of BMT  ( What is BMT and what can it do for you) and KineticsMotor imagery is the dynamic state during which a person mentally simulates an action.

In this way the subject feels that he/she is performing the action, this makes physical changes in the motor cortex, activating it.

It serves to :

  • Rehabilitation of injuries.
  • Learning of sporting techniques and tasks
  • Treatment of non-athletic clients with kinesthetic problems (restriction or pain during movement).
  • Alteration of muscle activity


  • Improved movement
  • Treats restrictions of movement
  • Improves muscle weakness
  • Improvement of motor control and decrease of strength

The psychological and physiological effects during motor visualization in the motor imagery technique increase range of motion, improve synchronicity and eliminate restriction.
These techniques are used for clients with typical complaints such as pain during arm flexion, neck rotation, walking with low back pain, but we also use them to treat sports injuries.
The effect is to produce neuroplastic changes in motor function in the brain.
Due to chronic/semi-chronic pain or persistent pain the areas of the motor cortex are affected.

Another interesting technique is the mirror therapy used for the treatment of injuries of the musculoskeletal system, such as paresthesia, atrophy, phantom limb syndrome, even simple torticollis.

In addition, these two techniques stimulate BDNF, which is a molecule related to motor skills. Athletes and active people increase the molecule that promotes neuroplasticity of the cortex.

You can learn these techniques in BMT and Kinetics, two systems of work that complement each other in order to help the manual therapist to work with the neuroplasticity and stimulation of the motor and neurosensorial cortex.



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