PhysioFunction’s highly specialised Neurological Physiotherapists and PFit team of Rehabilitation Assistants, Sports Therapists and Personal Trainers are able to deliver tailored 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:
Neurological Physiotherapy for Cerebral Palsy aims to maintain or improve movement, increase strength to prevent problems associated with muscle weakness and shortening (contractures), which can be painful and affect growth and development. It also aims to help posture in a range of positions, such as by improving core stability. This can assist people in being more stable and therefore have more controlled movements of their body and limbs.
What is Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect physical (movement, sensation and coordination) and cognitive (information processing, communication, learning) development. It's caused damage to the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth. The affected area of the brain is unable to form effective lines of communication with the related area of the body for appropriate activity or movement, resulting in signs and symptoms including:
There are 4 main types of cerebral palsy:
You may also hear terms such as hemiplegia or diplegia. These refer to the parts of the body affected by cerebral palsy.
Hemiplegia means one side of the body is affected, diplegia is where two limbs are affected, monoplegia is where one limb is affected, and quadriplegia is where all four limbs (and usually the whole body) are affected.
Although Cerebral Palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some symptoms of Cerebral Palsy can improve with physiotherapy interventions or worsen over time if not treated or managed.