The Vojta Principle
The Vojta principle is a recognized neurophysiological principle of diagnosis and treatment. The Czech children’s and adult neurologist Prof. Dr. med. Vaclav Vojta (died in 2000) developed the principle. He started treating schoolchildren with cerebral palsy in the early 1950ties. Later, he began using the principle in the treatment of infants with inherited and delayed motor development levels. In 1968 he moved to West Germany, where he has been a consultant at Kinder Zentrum in Munich.
The Vojta principles are continuously under developement in the Vojta Zentrum (Munich). It is furthermore practiced in the treatment and rehabilitation of adults.
The person's normal movement development in the first year of life is the basis for the treatment. By placing the patient in certain positions while giving pressure stimulus to the muscles, tendons or connective tissues induced, movement and muscle activity in the body are defined.
The central nerve system is affected at all levels.
Through the Vojta principle patients are stimulated to use more appropriate movement patterns, and to use muscles, partially incapacitated. Patients are experiencing other movement and coordination patterns through the exercise therapy.