Neurological physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy. It involves the treatment of people with movement and function disorders that has originated from an injury or disease to the brain, spinal cord, or extremities of the body.
A physiotherapist can empower individuals through rehabilitation and education to maximise their potential and quality of life using evidence based rehabilitation in the comfort of their own home.
These conditions often manifest themselves as muscle weakness, poor balance and coordination, uncontrolled muscle spasm and tremors, loss of function and decreased sensation. Common neurological conditions that a physiotherapist can assist with include:
- Functional Neurological Disorders
- Stroke, CVA or TIA
- Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
Your Physiotherapist will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your strength, coordination and balance and will then tailor a treatment program to your unique needs. Depending on the impairment, your physiotherapy treatment may include:
- Passive Limb Exercises: if you are unable to move your arms and legs yourself
- Positioning / Splinting: correct limb positioning, or splint prescription, to ensure that your joints don’t tighten
- Bed Exercises: to stretch and strengthen your muscles
- Breathing and Circulation Exercises: to prevent respiratory and vascular complications such as chest infection and DVTs
- Mobilisation: assistance to move safely in bed, sit up, stand and walk
- Mobility Aids: prescription, advice and instruction on how to safely use a walking frame, or other walking aids as required
- Tailored Exercise: exercises to build strength, endurance, coordination and balance
We will continue to support your rehabilitation from your own home. Neurological physiotherapy treatment may include hands-on therapies, specific exercise prescription and a home exercise program.