Has there been any independent study to confirm that the method of recovery from spinal injury proposed by Dr. Valentin Dikul is really as effective as he claims?
Quoting from this The Sunday Times article:
[Dikul's] method seeks to encourage certain nerves and muscles to compensate for those that no longer function. As patients embark on a rigorous physical therapy programme, which lasts at least a year, their bodies are said to learn to reroute nerve impulses to healthy muscle groups, creating greater freedom of movement.
Is there any merit to this method? Has it or any similar nerve impulse rerouting technique ever proven to work to a certain degree?