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How Physiofunction can help with Dystonia

PhysioFunction’s highly specialised Neurological Physiotherapists, Therapy Assistants, Sports Therapists and Personal Trainers are able to deliver tailored programs for clients who have Dystonia.

Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes:

  • Neurological Physiotherapy to improve co-ordination and facilitate normal patterns of movement. Also helps to improve posture, alignment and balance whilst increasing or maintaining range of motion and flexibility.
  • Exercise therapy to increase muscle strength and stamina and reduce fatigue. Also includes exercise to reduce stiffness and minimise muscle contractures.
  • Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy to relax tight muscles and aid relaxation.
  • MindMotion GO – Assists with timing and coordination of movement patterns as well as balance.
  • Desmotec d line and v line – Helps with controlling muscle activation, lengthening and shortening.
  • AlterG – Assists with control of stepping and walking patterns.

We can also:

Provide treatment prior to and following botulinum injections to maximise results.

Arrange assessment for the provision of lycra splints to help control posture and tone.

Arrange assessment for Mollii Suit (jacket and trousers) with built-in electro-stimulation. This sensory-level stimulation brings relief and help where needed by prompting the natural responses of muscle inhibition, muscle activation and pain relief, lasting for up to 48 hours.

What is Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that can affect any part of the body. It is caused by incorrect signals from the brain, resulting in uncontrollable muscle spasms which for some people can be very painful. Dystonia is a lifelong condition which can affect both children and adults.

The cause of Dystonia is not completely understood, but in some cases can be attributed to a chemical imbalance in the part of the brain (basal ganglia) which helps to control movement. This means that the wrong muscles shorten and tighten even when you don’t want them to which causes uncontrollable twitching, tremors and contractions. These movements are called dystonic movements.

The imbalance in the brain can be:

Inherited – caused by mutations in a specific gene
Acquired (secondary) – Appears to have a specific cause such as drug reaction, brain injury, or as a symptom of another neurological or metabolic disorder
Idiopathic – No known or clear cause.

There is no cure for Dystonia, however Neurological Physiotherapy can help keep you mobile, maintain your quality of life and maximise your independence for as long as possible.

For further information on Dystonia Dystonia UK

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