How a Neurological Physiotherapist can help
Neurological Physiotherapy aims to help people who are living with a neurological condition. This could include Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Stroke and Motor Neurone Disease.
Physiotherapy treatment aims to:
- Enhance physical independence
- Minimise the development of deformities Address issues with spasticity and muscle tone
- Reduce and help manage pain
- Reduce fatigue and conserve energy Improve balance, fitness, flexibility and strength
Following a thorough assessment a treatment plan could include hands on treatment techniques, a tailored exercise program as well as advice and education. You may bring a family member, friend or carer for help and support.
You are welcome to attend our clinic for assessment, alternatively we can assess you in your home. Assessments in schools, day centres or place of employment subject to permission.
An initial assessment usually takes 60 minutes and will include:
- Medical history along with social and environmental situation
- Physical assessment, this may include functional, seated and lying assessments, you may be asked to remove/loosen clothing in order for full assessment to be completed
- Recording of body measurements, muscle strength and tone
- Risk Assessment
- Setting of client clinical and social goals
Treatment could be for a specific problem; a frozen shoulder in someone with MND
Regular ongoing sessions; to maintain muscle length and joint range in someone with increased tone, MS or CP. Ad hoc reactive sessions; as and when new problems arise from a changing condition like relapsing remitting MS.
Treatment sessions can be either 30 or 60 mins duration dependent on your current issues.
Treatment could include:
- Home exercise plan for either yourself or for a carer to help you complete
- 24 hour postural management advice
- Joint mobilisations
- Soft or deep tissue massage
If you have private heathcare insurance please check with your provider if they cover your condition. An authorisation code is usually required before treatment commences and we will then use this to invoice your provider at the end of each session.