Excerpt from: Army Mil (click for full article)
Now researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
NeuroHabilitation Corporation are leveraging the power of those tiny
nerves. They are aiming to restore lost physical and mental function for
service members and civilians who suffered traumatic brain injury or
stroke, or who have Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis.
The treatment involves sending specially-patterned nerve impulses to a patient's brain through an electrode-covered oral device called a "PoNS," a battery-operated appliance placed on the tongue. The 20-30 minute stimulation therapy, called cranial nerve non-invasive neuromodulation, or CN-NiNM, is accompanied with a custom set of physical, occupational, and cognitive exercises, based on the patient's deficits. The idea is to improve the brain's organizational ability and allow the patient to regain neural control.