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Imagined Movement Test

Imagined Movement Test 🤔 ⠀

Before conducting this test, I want you to first grab a pencil ✏️ and scrap piece of paper 📝 and write your name down with your dominant and then non-dominant hand. ⠀

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Assuming you’re not ambidextrous, a predictable outcome emerges: the name written with your dominant hand was done swift, efficient and accurately, while you were non-dominant hand was much slower, laborious and disorganized. Right?⠀

🧠 🗺 We can explain this as a function of sensory and motor cortical maps in the brain. If the brain is repeatedly asked to perform a specific function (I.e., writing with your dominant hand), the pattern of neurology involved will strengthen its connectivity: neurons that fire together, wire together. The more reps performed, the more off automatic it becomes. This is a major part of any skill acquisition - squatting, lifting, sports movements, etc..⠀

Awesome. Now we’re ready for the test:⠀

☝️ STEP 1: Now simply THINK 💭 about writing your name on a piece of paper with your DOMINANT hand.⠀

✌️ STEP 2: Next, just THINK 💭 about writing your name on a piece of paper with your NON-DOMINANT hand.⠀

🤷‍♂️ What happened? Did it take longer to write your name in your head while using your non-dominant hand? Pretty crazy, right? 🤯 ⠀

This happens because the neurology behind a specific imagined movement is the same as when performing the real movement. I find this test a particularly quick way to educate my clients about the usefulness of imagined movements. This is of particular importance to those who have limbs that are casted, immobilized or simply too painful to move. ⠀

Get imagining all those awesome movements that your body is capable of performing! ⠀

🔪 Keep your cortical maps sharp 🔪 ⠀

💭 Just food for thought. Tell me what you think?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


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The NOI Group is a great resource to learn more about how the brain reacts to pain!


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