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  • Acquired Brain & Head Injury

    • Acquired Brain Injury

      Often called the hidden disability, people who have sustained an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) are often faced with distinctly different challenges than people with similar impairments arising from other causes.

      Physical problems commonly present after an ABI. These may include:

      • Mobility – movement can become slow and balance may be affected
      • Spasticity – Limbs may feel weak or stiff and range of movement may be limited. Depending on the area of the brain that is injured, one side may be affected more than the other. Spasticity may cause pain or discomfort.
      • Weakness – Muscles may become weaker making movement and functional tasks more difficult.
      • Ataxia – Uncontrolled, irregular movements or tremors affecting co-ordination. This can cause the client difficulties when carrying out tasks such as doing buttons, eating etc.
      • Sensory Impairment – The sensation of touch on the skin can be extreme (hypersensitivity), reduced or lost.
      • Fatigue – Excessive tiredness that may not be reduced by rest. This can be as a result of pain, sleep disturbance and neuroendocrine
    • Treatment for Acquired Brain Injury

      Physiotherapy - Each therapy programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual. These goal- based programmes may aim to target:

      • Improving Range of motion
      • Sensory Retraining
      • Strength training
      • Improving hand and arm function
      • Improving functional ability like getting in and out of bed or being independent with personal care
      • Improving transfers and Mobility
      • Increasing independence with walking
      • Fatigue management

      Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapy provides support to empower people to achieve as much independence as they can, and assists with the activities of daily living, this includes:

      • Personal Care
      • Adaptations and equipment for home and mobility
      • Support in returning to work and leisure activities.

      Speech and Language therapy- to provide support, treatment and advice in communication, speech and swallowing.

      Medical management – to monitor and prescribe medication for pain relief, muscle spasm, and mood.

      Neuropsychologists - Psychological support for the individual, family and multi-disciplinary team in helping with emotional and behavioural

    • How PhysioFunction can help with Acquired Brain Injury

      PhysioFunction’s highly specialised neurological physiotherapists, therapy assistants, sports therapists and OT are able to deliver tailored ABI Rehabilitation programs for clients using a combination of hands-on-therapy, use of assistive devices and remote therapy.

      Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes:

      • Hands on facilitation and re-education of normal movement patterns
      • Soft tissue techniques to release and mobilise tight muscles
      • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Foot Drop (Bioness L300Go & L100Go), upper limb rehabilitation (Intento), arm and hand function, cycling and cross training (FES Cycling)
      • Saebo products
      • Virtual Reality Devices such as Mindmotion Go and GripAble
      • Gait and balance training – use of the Lite Gait, G Move, Alter G
      • Functional strength and resistance training in our PFit studio with expertise from our Sports and Exercise Therapists and Personal trainers.
      • Assessment and trial of specialist orthotics to assist with Drop Foot
      • Jobskin body garments for sensory and proprioceptive feedback
      • Aquatic therapy/Hydrotherapy
      • Access to specialist Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy services
      • Group exercise- We are also able to offer group exercise with our multi-level Neurofit classes which are delivered via Zoom following assessment from one of our specialist Physiotherapists. Your Physiotherapist will be able to assess and determine which class may be suitable for you.
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