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Physiotherapy for Neurological Conditions

At The Physiotherapy Centre in The Concorde Club, Cranford we treat various neurological disorders including:

Stroke

Cerebral Palsy

Parkinson's disease

Spinal cord injuries

Multiple sclerosis

Foot drop

Motor neuron disease and Paralysis

Stroke

Stroke is caused by a disruption of blood flow to the brain as a result of a blockage or leakage in a blood vessel. The effects of a stroke vary depending on the severity of the blockage or leakage.

People who suffer from stroke will benefit from specialist neurological physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy should commence as soon as possible following stroke for the best possible recovery.

The effects of stroke depend upon the type of stroke suffered, the severity and the area of the brain affected and the extent of damage to the brain tissue.

Common physical effects:

Common non-physical effects:

The brain is very adaptable and with physiotherapy recovery will take place over a period of years.

During your initial assessment we will discuss your short and long term goals tailored to your needs to help promote independence and improve your quality of life. During treatment sessions your physiotherapist will lead you through a graduated programme of functional exercises focused around daily tasks which aim to:

The Neurological physiotherapist will advise you on the use of walking aids, splints, supports and home equipment to make your life easier. They support you through your treatment and focus upon your individual symptoms. We aim to make our treatment sessions effective and enjoyable.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition affecting the tissues of the brain. It can affect the development of a child. Most people with cerebral palsy will find physiotherapy beneficial throughout their life.

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain before, during or after birth.

Every person with cerebral palsy (CP) is affected in a different way. Depending on the area of the brain affected, the following symptoms may be present:

Spastic Cerebral Palsy is characterised by:

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy is characterised by:

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is characterised by:

The main aim of neurological physiotherapy for cerebral palsy is to encourage patterns of normal, rather than abnormal, postures and movements.

Regular physiotherapy can:

The neurological Physiotherapist can help parents and carers to better understand a child's needs. The most beneficial ways of positioning and handling can be shown to parents and carers, along with a stretching and therapy programme that be continued between physiotherapy treatments.

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which the numbers of chemical messengers in the brain are reduced.

It often causes reduced mobility, memory problems, muscle tremors, and difficulties performing everyday tasks. Physiotherapy for people with Parkinson’s disease concentrates on increasing and maintaining mobility whilst reducing the risk of falls.
Common motor symptoms seen in Parkinson's disease are:

Other motor symptoms:

Various non-motor symptoms may also be experienced, for example:

Independence is increased with balance, stretching and strengthening exercises and provision of walking aids and equipment. Our physiotherapists will assess how an individual performs activities such as; walking, going up and down stairs, getting out of a chair and getting in and out of bed. Our physiotherapists can teach patients, their family and carers, special strategies on how to deal with common symptoms of Parkinson’s. Family and carers often find this advice and the practical handling techniques particularly helpful, in relation to helping individuals out of bed, walking and overcoming freezing.

Spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is usually a result of trauma to the spine. This trauma causes a complete or incomplete tear of the spinal cord leading to loss of sensation and muscle power below the level of the injury. Spinal cord damage can also be due to other causes such as tumours and spinal bifida.

The effects of a spinal cord injury are dependent on the type and level of the lesion. Effects are seen below the level of a lesion and can present as a reduction or complete:

Individuals also commonly experience:

Physiotherapy for patients with spinal cord injuries can include;

The effects of physiotherapy can be:

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. It causes weakness and spasms throughout the muscles in the body and feelings of tiredness.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause a variety of symptoms. These include;

Multiple Sclerosis Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy treatment for MS is mostly exercise based combined with 'hands on' treatment. Our experienced physiotherapists understand that MS affects everyone differently and your goals will be unique to you.

Physiotherapy should commence as soon as possible following an initial attack to allow you to reach your full potential and limit the progression of your symptoms.

During your initial assessment you and your physiotherapist will discuss realistic long and short term goals. These goals will be at the centre of your rehabilitation.

Our specialist neurological physiotherapists can maximise your recovery and help you achieve your goals.

Foot Drop

Foot drop describes difficulty or an inability to lift the foot or toes which can cause problems walking and standing. Damage to the central nervous system and peripheral nerves impairs the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle which lifts the foot. More rarely is the problem with the actual muscle itself.

Foot drop may be caused by different reasons including:

Physiotherapy treatment for foot drop will aim to reduce the impact of reduced active movement at the ankle and improve the efficiency of your gait pattern. Treatment may include:

Benefits of physiotherapy for foot drop:

Your physiotherapist will devise an individual treatment programme based on your needs and will review your goals regularly to ensure that you get the most out of your treatment to reach your potential.

Motor Neurone Disease

Motor neurone disease is a rare, progressive disease affecting the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that supply the muscles of the body. This leads to weakness of the muscles and reduced function
Symptoms include progressive weakness, muscle wasting and spasticity or stiffness in the arms and legs. Muscle weakness and wasting in the muscles supplying the face and throat can also cause difficulties with speech, chewing and swallowing.

In the advanced stages of the disease, an individual may become almost totally immobile. The speed of disease progression, however, varies enormously from patient to patient.

Through physiotherapy we aim to keep your work, home and social life as active as possible.

Physiotherapy for motor neurone disease includes;

The effects of physiotherapy can be:

Paralysis

Paralysis is the inability to move muscles on your own and with purpose. Paralysis can be a complete loss of movement known as plegia, or a significant weakness called paresis.

Paralysis is caused by injury or disease affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which means that the nerve signals sent to the muscles is interrupted. This disturbance in the pathways between the brain and the muscles means that the muscles are not given the instructions to move as they would do normally.

Some of the symptoms of paralysis:

Neuro Physio will carry out a thorough neurological assessment and facilitate a goal setting session to ensure the individual is working toward achieving realistic, functional timed goals.

How Do I Book A Therapeutic Massage?

Please call the Physio Centre on 020 8990 9041 or send us an email to treat@thephysiocentre.com

All our Physios speak English but we can also cater for Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Urdu and Gujrati speaking patients.

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