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How PhysioFunction can help with MND

PhysioFunction’s highly specialised neurological physiotherapists, therapy assistants, sports therapists and personal trainers are able to deliver tailored programs for clients who have MND.

Neurological Physiotherapy aims to maintain muscle strength, joint range of movement, optimise mobility and positioning, and reduce pain for as long as possible.

Some examples of the therapy you may receive at Physiofunction includes:

  • Hands on Neurological Physiotherapy to mobilise tight muscles and stiff joints.
  • Exercises to optimise core and postural stability for seating and respiratory function.
  • Assessment and review of positional support in bed and seating.
  • Falls prevention.
  • Assessment with orthotics and body garments which can aid positioning and movement.
  • Review and advice on mobility aids.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to help with Foot Drop and muscle activity.
  • Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy
  • Advice on fatigue management to optimise your energy levels.
  • Referral to specialist Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language therapy services.
  • Advice for you, your family and those involved in your care, through education and training of correct moving and handling techniques.

What is Motor Neurone Disease?

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease affecting the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The body’s communication system to the muscles therefore gradually stops working – causing muscle weakness and reduced function.

The most common type of MND is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and around 8 in 10 individuals with MND, have this type.

The main aspect of ALS-MND is muscle weakness, which is usually mild at first, but gradually worsens over time. Symptoms tend to start in the hands and arms or feet and legs. Other symptoms include speech becoming slurred, change in voice quality, difficulty swallowing, muscle cramps, tiredness, twitching of weakened muscles (fasciculation) and jerking of an arm or leg whilst you rest.

However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone, and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order. There is currently no cure for MND, however, Neurological Physiotherapy can help keep you mobile, maintain your quality of life and maximise your independence for as long as possible.

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