PhysioFunction’s highly specialised Neurological Physiotherapists and PFit team of Rehabilitation Assistants, Sports Therapists and Personal Trainers are able to deliver tailored ABI Rehabilitation programs for clients using a combination of hands-on-therapy, use of assistive devices and exercise.
Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes:
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury/trauma caused to the brain, and there are many possible causes, including a fall, a road accident, tumour and stroke.
The effects of a brain injury can be wide ranging and depend on a number of factors such as the type, location and severity of injury.
Unlike other cells in the body, brain cells do not regenerate when damaged or destroyed, however this does not mean that no recovery can occur. The brain is, to some extent, flexible and has the ability to adapt or change over time by creating new neurons and building new networks. This is called neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity allows other areas of the brain take over the activities of the damaged areas and new nerve pathways can be established using undamaged brain cells. Engaging in activity helps these alternative pathways to develop. It is widely accepted that intensity of practice both in terms of repetition and duration is a key clinical driver for motor recovery activity helps these alternative pathways to develop.
Neurological Physiotherapy - Each therapy programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual. These goal- based programmes may aim to target:
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:
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 challenges.