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The Future Of Dystonia Rehabilitation: Neuroplasticity-Based Interventions In The Performing Arts

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The Future Of Dystonia Rehabilitation: Neuroplasticity-Based Interventions In The Performing ArtsArtists' Health Alliance, Toronto | ON

"FEBRUARY 08, 2018
This event is part of our Research for Practice (R4P) Talk Series.

Hosted by University of Toronto Rehabilitation Sciences Institute.

Since 1996, Dr. Joaquin Farias has been a leading researcher and clinician treating dystonia in performing artists using the Farias Technique. In this Talk, Dr. Farias offers insight into his ground-breaking work and illuminates the future of dystonia rehabilitation.

Over the last two decades, Dr. Farias has worked to provide effective alternative and complementary care for patients affected by dystonia, a neurological disorder in which the brain sends incorrect information to the muscles, resulting in involuntary muscle contractions. Dr. Farias considers dystonia to be a temporary lack or loss of accuracy and precision in brain activity. For this reason, Dr. Farias’ Movement Therapy aims to retune the brain and restore proper function of cognitive processes, perception and motor functions.

Dr. Farias pioneered new theories to use Movement Therapy to induce neuroplasticity and bring about changes to the brain. In this talk, he will explore how his treatments leverage the connections between emotions and movement with special attention to the role that rhythm and timing play in coordination.

Please note: while knowledge of medical terminology may be useful, this event is open to all. We especially encourage students in health-related fields to attend.

Key Takeaways:
Insight into Dr. Farias’ Movement Therapy to treat focal dystonia
Connection between emotions and movement, and how rhythm and timing affect coordination
Future of treating dystonia for performing artists"

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