Physiotherapy Unit

Role of Neurological Physiotherapist Specialist
A neurological physiotherapist helps restore physical function that may have been lost following injury to the brain or the spinal cord. This may include a Stroke, Head Injury, Spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Neurological physiotherapists acknowledge the difficulties faced by individuals with neurological conditions and are experienced in treating people with different difficulties. Physiotherapists also work closely with other health professionals such as occupational therapists, social workers, speech therapists and orthotists to provide the best possible treatment and to optimise your recovery. A neurological physiotherapist will target problems such as:Walking problems ,Muscle problems, Functional problems, Spasticity ,Sensory problems, Fatigue, Pain, Movement disorders etc.
Neurological Physiotherapy Principles
Neurological physiotherapy is based around many different principles of rehabilitation. Neurological physiotherapy aims to improve movement, mobility and independence with everyday activities in patients with damage to their central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Principles of neurological physiotherapy include:
1. Bobath approach – stimulates sensory and motor pathways by encouraging normal movement patterns. Bobath physiotherapy will normalise tone and help you regain motor control by making movements easier to achieve.
2. Carr and Shepherd approach – improves functional ability by making treatment task-specific and encouraging active involvement throughout the rehabilitation process. Carr and Shepherd physiotherapy will help you relearn movement and daily tasks such as climbing the stairs, getting in and out of the bath and making a cup of tea.
3. Brunnstrom approach – is based around muscles working together (synergically) and encouraging movement in a sequential manner in order to restore normal motor function. Brunnstrom physiotherapy will help recover movement and improve functional tasks.
4. Conductive education approach – teaches people how to overcome their movement difficulties using a combination of education and psychology. Treatment focuses on repetition of tasks to facilitate learning and solve problems arising from motor disorders.
5. Many physiotherapists use a combination of the above principles depending on the type of neurological condition. Neurological physiotherapy treatment will be tailored to your individual needs and symptoms in order to maximise your potential.

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