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How important is Psychomotricity for the Brain with Dementia?

Mariana Silva . 07/12/2017

The body is the reflection of all transformations a person goes through in various situations in life. Therefore, due to alterations in the brain, dementia causes changes in a person’s psychomotor skills, and can generate the inability to express oneself and/or perform intentional movements.

To minimise the damage that takes place as the disease evolves, Psychomotricity is a therapy that views the person through the body and its expression, in a constant relationship with the emotional and cognitive side.

This means that Psychomotor therapy intervenes through the body in motion and its relationship with others and the surrounding environment. Treatment is based on stimulating seven psychomotor factors that can be deficient in a person with dementia, namely tonicity, balance, body awareness, laterality, spatio-temporal structuring, fine motor praxis and general praxis.

Thus, following a suitable evaluation, the development of a therapeutic plan and taking into account the stage of dementia, different techniques can be used in the intervention, such as techniques for bodily expression and postural education, gnosis and praxis stimulation (planned and internalised organisation of the action and its representation through different forms of expression), as well as relaxation and body awareness techniques.

As part of the Casa de Saúde de Carnaxide team, Psychomotor therapy offers the possibility to act on the psychomotor changes that afflict people with dementia, delaying their decline as much as possible and bringing them benefits, such as tonic-emotional control and bodily expression.

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