What is Neurological Physiotherapy?
Neurological Physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the treatment of patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson's disease. This therapy helps in the recovery and management of movement disorders, improving functions, reducing pain, and improves quality of life.
Neurological Physiotherapy helps to kick-start the message pathways that your brain is struggling with, to make new pathways through repetitive actions and exercises. Many of our clients who undergo this therapy can improve symptoms such as, difficulties with loss of balance, loss of hand and arm, or leg and foot function, walking, spasticity and pain.
How Does Neurological Physiotherapy Work?
Neurological physiotherapy works by focusing on restoring and improving the patient's movement, balance, and coordination. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques, such as exercises, manual therapy, and electrical stimulation, to help the patient regain strength and improve motor control.
Exercise is a key component of neurological physiotherapy. Physiotherapists work with patients to develop individualized exercise programs that target specific areas of weakness. These exercises help improve strength, balance, and coordination, and can be done at the physiotherapy clinic or at home.
Manual therapy is another important component of neurological physiotherapy. This technique involves the physiotherapist using their hands to apply gentle pressure to specific joints and muscles. The aim of manual therapy is to reduce pain and improve mobility.
Electrical stimulation is another technique used in neurological physiotherapy. This involves applying a low-level electrical current to the affected area. The electrical stimulation can help to reduce pain, improve muscle strength, and enhance the healing process.
Conditions Treated in Neurological Physiotherapy?
Our team of highly trained specialist physiotherapists are experts in the treatment of all neurological conditions including:
- Stroke: Stroke is a condition in which the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in a loss of function. Neurological physiotherapy can help stroke patients regain movement, improve their balance, and reduce the risk of falls.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injury is a condition that occurs as a result of a blow to the head. Neurological physiotherapy can help patients recover from the effects of traumatic brain injury, such as loss of movement, balance, and coordination.
- Parkinson's Disease: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder that affects movement. Neurological physiotherapy can help Parkinson's disease patients improve their mobility, balance, and coordination.
- Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the central nervous system. Neurological physiotherapy can help patients with multiple sclerosis manage their symptoms, including muscle weakness, loss of balance, and spasticity.
- Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injury is a condition in which the spinal cord is damaged, resulting in a loss of function. Neurological physiotherapy can help spinal cord injury patients regain strength, improve their mobility, and reduce the risk of falls.
- Bell's / Facial Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition in which the facial nerve becomes inflamed, resulting in weakness or paralysis on one side of the face. Neurological physiotherapy can help Bell's palsy patients improve their facial muscle strength and reduce the risk of complications.
- Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is a group of conditions that affect movement and coordination. Neurological physiotherapy can help cerebral palsy patients improve their mobility, balance, and coordination, and reduce the risk of falls.
Benefits of Neurological Physiotherapy
Neurological physiotherapy offers numerous benefits to patients with neurological conditions, including:
- Improving mobility, strength, and coordination
- Reducing pain and discomfort
- Improving balance and reducing the risk of falls
- Improving quality of life
- Improving independence and self-care
- Providing education on injury prevention and management
In conclusion, neurological physiotherapy is an important form of treatment for patients with neurological conditions. With the help of a trained physiotherapist, patients can improve their quality of life, regain their independence, and enjoy a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. Whether you're recovering from a stroke, managing Parkinson's disease, or living with a spinal cord injury, neurological physiotherapy can help you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.