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What is neurological physiotherapy?
Neurological physiotherapy is a specialist area within physiotherapy for people with neurological conditions. Neurological conditions are those relating to anything involving the brain and spinal cord, collectively known as the central nervous system (CNS). When there is damage to the CNS, the transfer of information to and from the brain and how that information is processed is usually affected. Changes in the CNS can cause changes in walking, balance, posture and many other issues.
Neurological physiotherapy targets the principles of neuroplasticity, this is the brains ability to adapt. Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to form new connections between existing undamaged nerve cells and to use the neural pathways to their potential efficiency. It was once thought new nerve cells didn’t grow in adulthood, however some more recent research has demonstrated some areas of the brain can do this. We adapt throughout life, more so in childhood, though as an adult we are always learning and changing.
Specialist physiotherapy for people with neurological conditions is tailored towards the rehabilitation goals of each patient and may involve a variety of treatment methods. These include education about your condition, hands on feedback to provide information to the nervous system to help re-educate sensation and movement, balance re-education, postural re-education, and exercises.
Any condition which affects the brain and spinal cord including: cerebral palsy, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, stroke, head injuries, motor neurone disease.
Neurological physiotherapy benefits
Some of the benefits my patients have fed back at discharge: achievement of goals, able to pace better, increased balance, improved co-ordination, improved movement control, increased flexibility and strength, reduced contractures, better pain management, increased confidence, improved exercise tolerance, increased independence and overall health and well-being.