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How PhysioFunction can help with Post Polio Syndrome

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

Some examples of the therapy you may receive include:

  • Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy - Many clients have benefitted from the warm and supportive environment of the hydrotherapy pool for functional and specific exercise. This can be either through 1:1 sessions with your Physiotherapist, or through the Post Polio Syndrome group which you can enquire on through the Northampton Branch of the British Polio Fellowship.
  • Neurological Physiotherapy Neck, Joint, soft tissue, back and body physio physiotherapy - This can include manual therapy such as joint mobilisation, massage and manipulation, taping, acupuncture and pain relief modalities.
  • Exercise Therapy – providing support and guidance for strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • AlterG - Our anti-gravity treadmill offers support of up to 80% weight relief for both standing, balance training and walking activities. The weight relief often allows clients to walk and stand with minimal support of the arms thus allowing development of postural muscles in standing and reducing the overuse and strain on the upper body. Clients are able to walk and stand for significantly longer, without the levels of fatigue and pain.
  • Group exercise and TeleRehab - PhysioFunction provide a weekly exercise group via our TeleRehab service on Zoom. Clients can take part in the comfort of their home and will be advised on equipment which can be used to enhance the programme.

Other services and technologies which can be beneficial to this client group include:

Please either contact the Northampton Branch of the British Polio Fellowship or PhysioFunction for more information.

What is Post Polio Syndrome

Many polio survivors live with the long-term effects of the virus such as muscle wasting, reduced bone density, spinal deformity, pain and respiratory difficulties due to the muscle paralysis from the initial onset of illness. Many survivors report a return or worsening of the muscle weakness, many years after the original infection. This is now being diagnosed as Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS).

PPS can include a wide range of symptoms that can develop over time including fatigue, new or worsening muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, sleep apnoea, intolerance to cold.

The specialist service at Guys and St Thomas Fox Lane Unit can provide a 3-week rehabilitation programme including multidisciplinary assessment, advice and diagnoses. For information on referrals, please contact your GP or the Lane Fox unit directly.

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