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What is Neuro Physiotherapy?

 

Neurophysiotherapy (or neurological physiotherapy) is a specialism of physiotherapy. Neuro physiotherapists help with conditions affecting the brain and spinal code to improve movement, function and quality of life.

Neuro physiotherapy is used for conditions including ABI (Acquired Brain Injury), 
CVA (Stroke), Guillain Barre syndrome, Motor Neurone disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophies, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, and Developmental Coordination disorder (Dyspraxia).

Neurological physiotherapists have advanced knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the effects of conditions on function and movement. Using a range of techniques, we can help assess conditions and plan a programme of support to improve recovery and help with everyday activities and goals.

Neuro physiotherapy techniques could include:

  • Exercise therapy: Targeted exercises to improve strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility.

  • Balance and gait training: Focusing on improving walking ability and reducing the risk of falls.

  • Functional training: Practice of activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, and bathing, to regain independence.

  • Neurodevelopmental techniques: Utilizing approaches like Bobath or the Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) to promote normal movement patterns.

  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF): Techniques that involve stimulating specific muscle groups to enhance coordination and movement.

  • Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT): Restricting the use of unaffected limbs to promote the use of affected limbs and improve function.

  • Electrical stimulation: Using electrical currents to stimulate muscles and improve muscle strength and control.

  • Assistive devices and technologies: Recommending and training individuals on the use of assistive devices, such as walkers or orthoses, to aid mobility.

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