Frenkel exercises are a set of exercises developed by Professor Heinrich Sebastian Frenkel to treat ataxia, in particular cerebellar ataxia. They are a system of.

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This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat April Learn how and when to remove this template message. It is thought that the fifteen-minute break enables the new neural connections to be created. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They are a system of slow repetitious exercises.

Several months later, on re-examination, the frenke, showed extraordinary improvement in coordination.

Frenkel exercises

Frenkel noted that the ejercidios had to be free from opiate and alcohol use, for instance, in order to achieve the required focus of attention. Or at least others?

Frenkel states that is very important that the therapist also gives the patient pep talks and motivation. The repetitions will take just a few minutes every hour.

Frenkel’s book states that the best way to perform the exercises is ejrecicios do them for three minutes using some kind of timer so the exercises become less of a chore.

He or she motivates and guides the patient in how to watch himself move.

They increase in difficulty over the time of the program. If the ataxia affects say, head movements, the patient can use a mirror or combination of mirrors to watch their own head movements. The American Journal of Nursing. From Dw, the free encyclopedia.


Although the technique is simple, needs virtually no exercise equipment, and can be done on one’s own, concentration and some degree of perseverance is required. Frenkel exercises are a set of exercises developed by Professor Heinrich Sebastian Frenkel [1] to treat ataxiain particular cerebellar ataxia.

He had never seen such an improvement before, which was contradictory to the teaching of the day and in fact is sadly widespread today. Please improve this article by removing excessive or inappropriate external links, and converting useful links where appropriate into footnote references. The exercises were developed by Heinrich Frenkela Swiss neurologist who, one day inwhile examining a patient with ataxia, observed the patient’s poor performance of the finger-to-nose test.

The patient asked Dr Frenkel about the test and was told what it ejecricios and that he did not ‘pass’ the test.

This article’s use of external links may not follow Wikipedia’s policies or guidelines. The Frenkel and Other Exercises”. Retrieved from ” https: Mosby’s Medical Dictionary 8th ed. When Frenkel asked the patient what had happened in the interval, the patient replied, ‘I wanted to pass the test and so I practiced. Research has shown that 20, to 30, repetitions may be required to produce results.

Frenkel was astonished by the improvement. At that point the patient goes back to the exercises for another three minutes when it will be found that the skill has improved to a step higher from when the exercises were last done fifteen minutes earlier. The brain as a whole learns to compensate for motor deficits in the cerebellum or the spinal cord where applicable.



In his book on ataxia, Frenkel states: Views Read Edit View history. Then the patient should do something entirely different ejecricios unrelated for fifteen minutes, say read a book or have a chat. However, it is better that a physiotherapist is involved.

Julian—Gregorian uncertainty Wikipedia external links cleanup from April Wikipedia spam cleanup from April The patient freknel treat himself and obviously in the absence of a medical practitioner must do so. Apathy, lack of motivation and clinical depression are very common in cases of cerebellar ataxia and are one of the main reasons for failure of therapy.

This attitude is almost always incorrect and in recent years has begun to change with the recognition of brain plasticity. The therapist may also help the patient move where muscular strength is low.