International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation

Rood Method of Exercise

A system of therapeutic exercises enhanced by cutaneous stimulation for patients with neuromuscular dysfunctions. In additon to proprioceptive maneuvers such as positioning, joint compression, and joint distraction and the general use of reflexes, stretch, and resistance, more than in any other comparable method of facilitation and inhibition, greatest emphasis is given on exteroceptive applications such as stroking, brushing, icing, warmth, pressure, and vibration in order to achieve optimal muscular action, even of the lips and tongue. Developed in 1954 by Margaret S. Rood, American occupational and physical therapist.


Eisenberg MG. 1995. Dictionary of Rehabilitation. New York: Springer Publishing Company. 375 p. Used with permission.

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