Neurological physiotherapy is undertaken with patients who have a neurological disorder such as those affecting the brain, spinal cord and nerves. This may be needed with people who have suffered a stroke or who have MS or Parkinson’s disease.
When the nervous system is damaged muscles may feel weak and floppy or very tight with spasms or tremor and movement may be uncoordinated. Along with movement disorders there may be altered sensation and problems with speech and swallowing.
An initial physical assessment will be undertaken and a detailed account of past medical history and previous mobility recorded. Physiotherapy goals will then be set (and, if appropriate, involving family or carers) before treatment is started. Treatment can be carried out in the PhysioExtra clinic or your home to accommodate the needs of you, your family or care arrangements.
Treatment involves methods to overcome physical problems such as stretching, strengthening, balance and walking practice (if appropriate), postural awareness and control, respiratory assessment and education.
Advice and recommendations will also be given on suitable walking aids and home adaptations/equipment. The majority of patients are seen once or twice a week, with a complete home exercise programme specified for between sessions.
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