Cerebral Palsy

We often find that parents and carers of patients with Cerebral Palsy are not fully aware of the full scope of treatments that may be beneficial and they are left to implement their own programme of physiotherapy to manage the condition.

At The Rehab Physio we are fully committed to maximising the scope of activity for patients with Cerebral Palsy. Our experts take into account how factors like growth and growth spurts affect individuals with the condition, and create a plan of treatment that’s tailored precisely to our patients’ needs.

What is Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is the name for disorders of the development of the brain, caused by injury before, during or after birth.  Symptoms often include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors affecting movement and resulting in activity limitation. These symptoms range from mild to severe and affect each child differently.

Treatment

At The Rehab Physio our approach is to support parents and carers effectively in two crucial ways. We help to educate and inform them on the condition, and also how best to manage it now and in the future. In this way, parents and carers are able to make sound decisions regarding the patient’s health going forward.

We know it’s also important to understand each patient’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 us that this is the best way to fully engage patients 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).

Cerebral Palsy treatments

Cerebral Palsy Patient Stories

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Olivia's Story
14 year-old Olivia suffers from Cerebral Palsy, resulting from a traumatic birth but her weekly physio sessions at The Rehab Physio over the last 10 years have allowed her to maintain her muscle tone, posture and strength so that she can do normal everyday activities including following her passion for horse riding...