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Neurological Physiotherapy

What is Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological physiotherapy involves the treatment of patient's with movement and function disorders that have originated from problems within the body’s nervous and neuromuscular system. These conditions often manifest themselves as muscle weakness, poor balance and coordination, uncontrolled muscle spasm and tremors, loss of function and decreased sensation.

 

What are Common Neurological Conditions? 

Common neurological conditions include:

  • Stroke, CVA or TIA

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries​

  • Guillian-Barre Syndrome

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Motor Neuron Disease/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Dystonia

What does Neurological Physiotherapy provide?

Rehabilitation is all about reaching your potential to maximise participation in life. The world health organisation defines rehabilitation as ‘a process aimed at enabling people to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels. Rehabilitation provides disabled people with the tools they need to attain independence and self-determination’.

All neurological presentations are completely different as well as patients functional needs. Treatment in turn needs to be developed according to patients preference, needs and individual goals. Treatment is based on the latest medical evidence and may include:

  • Musculoskeletal treatment for chronic conditions

  • Managing muscle spasticity and contractures

  • Exercise programs aimed to: improve balance & walking ability, adapt body awareness & motor control, regain and normalise upper limb & hand function

  • Fatigue management

  • Individualised fitness and strengthening programmes

  • Desensitivity exercises to combat phantom pain and paresthesia