Neuro Physiotherapy Rehab

What is Neurological Physiotherapy?

Neurological physiotherapy is a special physiotherapy area focusing on treatments of an individual with neurological conditions. Neurological disorders will affect the functions of nerves, the brain, and the spinal cord. Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, and Parkinson’s are some of the major neurological issues. It will include conditions of the main peripheral nervous system as Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Neurological conditions will have a devastating impact on sufferers’ lives. Disturbance in messages traveling between brain and body will result in loss of movement, coordination, balance, and sensation. Some other aspects of the bodily functions like speech, memory, perception, behavior, and cognition might also get affected. So, it is vital to call neurological physiotherapists to work in close connection with other members of the multidisciplinary team, including the occupational therapist, language therapist, dieticians, doctors, and more.

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Types of Neuro Physiotherapy Rehab services

Neurological physiotherapy deals with the treatment of those with function, and movement disorders originated from problems within the nervous and neuromuscular system of the body. These conditions will manifest them as poor balance, muscle weakness and coordination, loss of function, uncontrolled muscle spasms and tremors, and decreased sensation. The physiotherapist will undertake a comprehensive assessment of coordination, strength, and balance will tailor a treatment program to match unique needs. The physiotherapy treatment, depending on your impairment, will include:

  • Tailored exercises:

To build endurance, strength, balance, and coordination.

  • Discharge planning:

Need of useful equipment at home after hospital discharge

  • Mobility aids:

Advice, inspection, and prescription on ways to use a walking frame as needed.

  • Mobilization:

Assistance to move in bed, stand, walk or sit up safely

  • Circulation and breathing exercises:

To prevent vascular and respiratory complications like DVTs, chest infection, and more.

  • Bed exercises:

For strengthening and stretching muscles safely

  • Splinting or positioning:

Proper limb posture or splint prescription to ensure that joints do not tighten.

  • Passive limb exercise:

When you are not able to move your legs and arms by yourself.

When to See Physiotherapist

Whether you are suffering from spinal cord injury or find it hard to move or walk around independently without any support, it is time to see a physiotherapist. People who are the unfortunate victims of Bell’s palsy, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple Sclerosis are asked to book an appointment with the neurology therapist right away!

Risks of Neurology problems

If you ever see some neurological symptoms, it is better to consider the therapist right away. Ignoring neurological problems can lead to some severe conditions. Some of those risks associated with neurology problems, if left ignored for long, are:

  • Spread of cancer
  • Sleep disorder
  • Poor life quality
  • Chronic or permanent pain
  • Permanent physical disability
  • Permanent damage of the nerve or entire nervous system
  • Inability or paralysis to move a significant body part
  • Amputation

How to Prevent Neurological conditions

Some recent studies have shown that selected dietary factors share some similar mechanisms with exercises. In some cases, these factors can complement the action of exercise. So, dietary management and exercise appear to be effective and non-invasive strategies to counteract any cognitive and neurological disorders. There are some effective ways to take care of your spine, brain, and neck conditions. Those are listed below:

  • Manage stress:

Excessive stress and worry might lower cognitive performance. So, try medications, yoga, listen to music or talk a walk to relax and clear your mind and nervous system.

  • Proper diet recommendations:

Adopting a low-fat and balanced diet will reduce the chances of clogging arteries, which can otherwise lead to stroke or brain attack. Minimizing fat intake will prevent clogs from forming around arteries surrounding the heart and leading to the brain, as well.

  • Fat accumulation:

One gram of fat consists of more calories than one gram of protein or carb. Some fat types in moderation might serve useful purposes like insulating internal organs or transporting vitamins. However, in reality, the human body needs some fat. Only 10% of calories must come from fat.

  • Exercise recommendations:

Exercises will help to keep arteries clear and strengthen the heart muscles. It can further increase HDL cholesterol levels. It is good cholesterol and will keep LDL cholesterol in check.

Neuro Physiotherapy Rehab Treatments

Before you proceed further to give a neurological physiotherapist a call for help, it is important to learn about the treatment approaches available. These are mostly incorporated with a selection of the following treatments, as mentioned below:

  • Balance re-education
  • Strengthening
  • Stretching out the muscles
  • Gait re-education
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Joint mobilization
  • Postural exercise
  • Spasticity management
  • Education or advice on fatigue management, exercise, and lifestyle

Related Conditions

Apart from strengthening out your muscles, helping you to move around independently, and removing spinal cord injury-related pain, neurological physiotherapy is perfect if you are suffering from any related conditions like stroke, traumatic brain injury or head injury, multiple sclerosis, Bell’s Palsy, and Parkinson’s disease, and more. It is better to pre-book an appointment with the therapist to avoid missing out on treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a neuro physiotherapist do?
The physiotherapists in the neurological field will work in various ranges of settings in NHS and private practice. Their main goal is to assess and treat people with central nervous system-related disorders, which affect the spinal cord, nerves, and brain. People suffering from conditions like Parkinson’s disease and stroke might have complex mobility issues, and they need help from a neuro physiotherapist to get their movements back.
How long will it take for the physiotherapy to work?
A good therapist will track your progress report and check if you are making gains in the range of strength, functions, and motions. Generally, the soft tissues will take around 6 to 8 weeks’ time to heal. It means that the typical physiotherapy program will last for that long.
What are the top common nervous system disorders?
Some examples of top common nervous system disorders are Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.

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