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How PhysioFunction Can Help if you have Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

Neurological Physiotherapy is aimed to improve the function of the nervous system to restore normal movement in the areas of the body which are affected.

The type of treatment delivered will be determined after a detailed assessment and will be individualised to treat the specific presentation, but we commonly aim to improve confidence in movement and reinforce positive feedback when small goals are achieved. This helps the brain and nervous system learn that these movements are achievable and can be performed.

Here at PhysioFunction we use technology to support and enhance the nervous systems ability to recover movement and function.

Some of the treatments you will access includes:

  • Hands-on facilitation and re-education of movement.
  • Soft tissue techniques to release and mobilise tight muscles.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) walking, hand function, cycling and cross training to improve any sensation loss as well as to re-educate muscle activation patterns, enabling them to contract in a functional manner.
  • Virtual Reality devices like  GripAble.
  • Gait and balance training – use of the LiteGait, G Move, AlterG, which can help to reduce pain when walking and standing, which in turn helps the brain to recognize that these movements are not damaging to the body
  • Functional strength and resistance training in our PFit studio with expertise from our Sports and Exercise Therapists and Personal trainers.
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy to aid movement, reduce pain, improve balance, increase strength and promote function.
  • Access to specialist Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy services.

What is FND (Functional Neurological Disorder)?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a condition that affects the how the nervous system functions and how the brain sends and receives signals to and from the body. Symptoms are caused by a disordered nervous system where no damage has occurred.

The symptoms of FND are out of the individual’s control and the precise symptom presentation and severity varies from person to person. Some examples of symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness, paresis or paralysis
  • Movement disorder such as tremors or muscle contractures
  • Speech and swallowing difficulties
  • Sensory deficits in vision and skin sensation
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Cognitive issues
  • PPPD (sometimes called functional dizziness, triple PD or 3PD)
  • Visual Symptoms

Various risk factors for FND have been proposed and include exposure to psychological stressors, a traumatic event or a period of illness. These do not cause any structural changes in the brain or body, rather affecting the networks within the brain and body, causing symptoms to persist after the event and can often worsen over time without any intervention. FND commonly occurs alongside diagnosed psychological health conditions including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The diagnosis of FND is based on positive features and is not a diagnosis of exclusion of other conditions. Diagnosis will generally consist of physical examination, blood tests and scans carried out by Neurological Consultants.

Treatment is recommended to be multidisciplinary, treating the presenting symptoms and begins with establishing a two-way communication between clinician and patient to improve understanding and engage patients in their own treatment.

We currently accept the following Private Medical Insurance

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