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WUCF’s SciTech Central explores brain therapies

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

On this week’s SciTech Central, learn how doctors are using new therapy options that help stimulate nerves and even trick the brain.

Half of all people over the age of 60 experience some kind of swallowing problem, and until recently, there has not been much of a cure.  Now doctors in Winter Park use new therapy measures to stimulate the muscles and nerves used to help swallow. 

“A long time ago we really didn't have much to offer people with swallowing problems. Then electrical stimulation came along and that was a really a big step forward,” said Elaine Barker, a speech therapist at ManorCare Winter Park nursing and rehabilitation center.

Next, head to the Knights on the Go Café on the campus of the University of Central Florida and see how people with traumatic brain injuries are getting active with students thanks to a new harness system.

Then, learn how a single mirror can trick the brain into giving people relief.  After a single session, many patients are able to move limbs after pain or injury.

SciTech Central airs Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m. on WUCF TV.