This report is an adaptation of a published study by Prof. W. Pilecki (Pathophysiology Department, Wroclaw Medical Academy of Poland) in collaboration with S. Masgutova, J. Kowalewska, D. Masgutov, Dr. N. Akhmatova, Dr. M. Sobieszczanska, and Prof. D. Kalka. The original information for this article can be found in: Impact of Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) on Children with Cerebral Palsy as Measured by Brain Stem Auditory Evoked Potentials Testing. Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Official Journal of Wroclaw Medical Academy 2012 (3). 2012,21, 3, 363–371. ISSN 1899–5276. http://www.advances.am.wroc.pl/pdf/2012/21/3/363.pdf.
Brain stem auditory evoked potentials tests (BAEP) were administered to an experimental group of 17 children with cerebral palsy, ages 1.3 to 5.9 years, before and after a brief Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) intervention. The authors sought to obtain objective validation of positive changes as a result of the use of MNRI® in children with neurological deficits. Results showed significant improvement in nerve transmission efficiency in those children immediately following the intervention. Thirty healthy children of equivalent ages served as a control group. The Interpeak Latency I – V subtest of the BAEP is of particular interest because of its potential use for intermediate assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental motor delays and abnormalities.
The purpose of this study was to use brain stem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) tests to obtain an objective measurement of changes produced by Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) in children with cerebral palsy. Evaluation of neurological deficits and disorders is usually based on observation of a patient’s responses to stimulation of primary reflex motor patterns and performance in motor tasks. Because this type of assessment depends to such a large extent on the skills, possibly the psychological attitude as well, of the person performing the evaluation, results cannot be entirely objective. Brain stem evoked potentials testing relies on the registration of excitation waves appearing in the sensory pathways of the central nervous system due to activation of the appropriate receptor of an adequate stimulus. Testing results are independent of both the patient’s and examiner’s will or state of consciousness and are given as numerical values, which accounts for their replicability and objectivity. MNRI® is a complex body of knowledge and therapeutic application oriented on primary motor reflex patterns. As L. Vygotsky and J. Piaget recognized, these motor patterns have an important role in motor, emotional and higher cognitive functions as well as in natural inherent brain stem survival mechanisms. Because professionals are only beginning to learn about this original and broadly applicable intervention, the Masgutova Educational Institute was eager for objective research-based validation of its efficacy.