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How PhysioFunction can help with Cerebral Palsy

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:

  • 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 Foot Drop
  • Jobskin body garments for sensory and proprioceptive feedback
  • Exoskeleton assessments for suitability and ongoing rehab
  • Access to specialist Occupational 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.
  • Breathing exercises to maximise lung function and prevent chest infection.
  • Diet and nutritional advice from our qualified and experience therapists and personal trainers.

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

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:

  • delays in reaching developmental milestones
  • seeming too stiff or too floppy
  • weak arms and/or legs
  • fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements
  • random, uncontrolled movements
  • walking on tiptoes
  • muscle spasms
  • tremors
  • Other difficulties include – sight, hearing, speech and communication, feeding and swallowing, bowel and bladder issues, sleep, epilepsy and intellectual impairments and learning disabilities.

Types of cerebral palsy

There are 4 main types of cerebral palsy:

  • spastic cerebral palsy – the muscles are stiff, tight and jerky, making it difficult to move and reducing the range of movement.
  • athetoid dyskinetic cerebral palsy – the muscles switch between stiffness and floppiness, causing random, uncontrolled body movements or spasms.
  • ataxic cerebral palsy – when a person has balance and co-ordination problems, resulting in shaky or clumsy movements and sometimes tremors.
  • mixed cerebral palsy – when a person has symptoms of more than one type 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.

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