Evidence based research on therapy approaches for children with Cerebral Palsy is notoriously difficult due to the variability of subjects/patients, difficulties with study design and ethical study adherence.
Many systematic and scientific reviews lament the lack of methodically sound research which results in treatment approaches being inconclusive and therefore, regrettably, recommendations for more and better research is always the result.
Movement Analysis and Education Strategies (M.A.E.S.) Therapy is a new concept and therefore research on the actual approach is not yet published, but the principles and theory behind M.A.E.S. Therapy have been widely researched.
M.A.E.S. analysis is based on the principle that the quality of movement observed is as a result of neurological pathways. This is the same principle as the ‘General Movement Assessments’ which has been researched extensively.
In analysing the quality of movement M.A.E.S. Therapy encourages therapists to determine the neurological strategies behind the movement quality and the psychology of movement. This principle is reflected in motor learning research and research into disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome.
Treatment techniques are based on using the body to access the brain and utilising the principles of neuroplasticity.
We do not have direct research yet but we do have positive testimonials from therapists and parents of children who have been treated using this approach.
MAES Therapy welcomes any research on this concept. This is such a new approach, that we need to train therapists in M.A.E.S. Therapy and enable them to become proficient, in order to do research.
We cannot perform research until we have M.A.E.S. Trained Therapists.