The techniques mentioned here are only a guideline and are not exhaustive. Please note one treatment does not fit all and therefore you must obtain specialist Neurological Physiotherapy advice.
Why Neurological Physiotherapy?
As with all medical specialties, Neurology is a specialism in itself and you do need a specialist in Neurology to treat a Neurological condition most effectively, as you would for Cardiology or Oncology.
Indeed, as you may have found out already there are not too many of us around, so thank you for looking Neuro up properly.
What is the difference between Neurological Physiotherapy and other Physiotherapy?
Just to help define Neurology a bit…..Neurological Physiotherapy encompasses constant assessment of the abnormal movement caused by some Neurological deficit.
Neuro problems are not originally caused by muscle or bone problems, as with sports injuries or back pain, although muscle shortening or weakness can develop.
They are caused via disruption of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves or the neurological pathways, that supply muscles.
The main Neurological conditions are Stroke (CVA), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
As a result, normal movement re-education of the upper and lower limbs and trunk are performed and facilitated.
For example if the arm cannot be lifted and compensatory movements are occurring, this needs to be corrected, so that normal movement can be carried out.
If balance is poor, balance reactions need to be taught and if the knee is giving way then specific knee control and strengthening needs to be practiced.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
This depends entirely on you. You may just require a one off session to give you as much advice as possible to help you at home with activities of daily living.
Or you may need an intensive course to get you back on track or monthly check ups are very useful to maintain function, which is after all what everyone wishes.
When is the best time to seek out Physiotherapy?
With all medical conditions, frankly “The earlier the better” and “The better the clinical outcome”
For those patients, who are walking, but are finding it difficult or are limping or unsteady… now is an excellent time, so that we can nip it in the bud and indeed start to prevent further problems.
Without a doubt “Physiotherapy can slow down the progress of disabilities”.
Note it is never too late though, as Physiotherapy can always help with something, even with simple advice, such as sitting to standing safely or rotational exercises as with PD.