Cerebral palsy is the name for disorders of the development of the brain, affecting movement and posture resulting in activity limitation. This is caused by a non-progressive insult affecting the foetal or infant brain. Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. These symptoms range from mild to severe and affect each child differently.
The majority of parents and carers are usually left to carry out their own physiotherapy programme to manage cerebral palsy, and they’re often not aware of the full scope of services that may benefit their child.
At The Rehab Physio it’s our policy to support parents far more effectively in two crucial ways. We help to educate and inform them of their child’s condition, and also how best to manage it now and in the future. In this way, parents and carers are able to make good decisions regarding their child’s health going forward.
No matter what the young person’s physical condition, we’re 100% committed maximising their scope of activity. Our experts take into account how factors like growth and growth spurts affect individuals with cerebral palsy, and create a plan of treatment that’s tailored precisely to individual needs.
We know it’s also important to understand each child’s personality, and to make sure every treatment plan suits both their physical requirements and their character. That’s why we’re very flexible, to get the right mix of approaches such as rehabilitation-based games and incentive charts. Experience shows that this is the best way to fully engage children with their therapy so that they can make the most of their sessions.
The Rehab Physio can also offer the opportunity for immobile children and adults with cerebral palsy to replicate the demands of walking through their body – by using specialist equipment such as Innowalk, for instance. We can help with other specialist treatments too, including consultation for antispasmodic medication (Botox), specialist rehabilitation following SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) and by providing Dynamic Movement Orthoses (lycra garments specifically designed for therapeutic use).
- Home visits
- School service
- Computerised gait analysis
- Innowalk, fully supported dynamic weight-bearing
- One to one sessions
- Aquatic physiotherapy
- Lycra splinting clinic
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)