What is IM?
Interactive Metronome® (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures & improves Neurotiming, or the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory & motor performance. As the individual activates a trigger in time with a steady auditory beat, IM technology provides real-time auditory and visual feedback for millisecond timing. Knowing whether he is hitting before, after, or exactly in sync with the beat to the millisecond allows the individual to make immediate, online corrections to improve timing & rhythm over the course of training.
Peer reviewed studies repeatedly confirm the importance of timing & rhythm for human performance. According to IM research, improving Neurotiming may result in better function in the following areas:
- Processing Speed
- Working Memory
- Executive Functions
- Expressive & Receptive Language
- Reading Comprehension, Rate & Fluency
- Upper Extremity Function (Parkinson’s, hemiplegia, CP, hand function)
- Motor Coordination
- Athletic Performance (golf, soccer)
How does IM help in brain function and motor recovery?
Physical Therapists work tirelessly with clients who have lost this timing and rhythm because of an injury or medical condition and they need a way to address the underlying issue simply and effectively. When the brain’s functional networks are not synchronized, individuals may exhibit impaired motor planning/sequencing, lack of coordination, poor balance and gait disturbances that rob them of functional independence and increases the risk of fall-related injuries.
Physical Therapists understand more than any other healthcare professional that you must get up and get moving to be successful. Without synchronicity, individuals sacrifice precision, safety and independence.
What are the treatment opportunities through IM?
- Fine & Gross Motor Control
- Physical Stamina
- Fall Risk Reduction
- Attention & safety Awareness
What are the common medical conditions that benefit through IM?
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental Delays/Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
- Auditory processing disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Prosthetic Limb Use
- Parkinson’s, MS and Other Degenerative Conditions
- Sport-Related Injuries