What do we do to help people with these conditions?
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition and therapy is important for the ongoing management of the condition. As you get older you may notice that your body and how it moves changes and our specialist Bobath therapists can help you to maintain your physical health and manage pain, no matter how senior you are.
While we specialise in supporting people of all ages with cerebral palsy, we do offer therapy to support adults with other various neurological conditions. Our therapy supports those living with the conditions outlined below, and our team is highly skilled in supporting people with the various needs and complexities associated with them.
We’re highly experienced in working with people with these conditions.
Our Bobath therapists use skilled therapeutic handling to help you to move in the most efficient and effective way possible during sessions and we focus on your goals to help you in your daily life. Plus, you get homework because we give you carefully considered home exercise programmes to optimise the benefits from therapy.
Acquired brain injury (ABI)
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or induced by birth trauma. The effects of an ABI can vary, and depend on many factors such as type, location and severity of the injury. The injury can cause changes to thinking ability, movement, emotion and social behaviour.
Dystonia is usually a lifelong, neurological condition causing involuntary and uncontrolled muscle spasms, which can sometimes be painful. It’s also possible to experience shaking or writhing movements. Symptoms can vary and they affect different parts of the body, most commonly being the neck and eyes for adults, but for children it can often affect multiple parts of the body.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
MS is a lifelong condition affecting the central nervous system and affects each individual in many different ways. It happens when the protective layer which shields nerve cells is damaged by the person’s own immune system. This means that the messages that the nerves are sending can be interrupted or distorted. As the nervous system is so complex, there is potential for a wide variety of symptoms.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological condition which affects movement. The symptoms occur due to a change in the levels of dopamine in the nerve cells in an area of the brain that controls movement. So, walking gets slower and is more difficult to start and then control. People can also experience tremors and fatigue, but how the symptoms affect day to day activities is different for each person
Incomplete spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury is defined by the NHS as ‘damage or trauma to the spinal cord that results in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body being disrupted, often resulting in loss of movement and sensation below the level of the injury’.
Damage like this is often caused by events like a road traffic accident (RTA) or misadventure. In other cases it can be the result of infection or disease. An incomplete injury means only part of the spinal cord is damaged and can have a variety of symptoms, but these can lead to secondary problems, such as difficulty with walking and with balance.
A stroke is an interruption of blood supply to the brain, caused by a blockage in a blood vessel or a bleed. The effects of a stroke depend on the type, location and severity of the stroke. So, people who have experienced a stroke can show a wide variety of signs and symptoms. No one stroke is the same as another. One of the most common aftereffects of a stroke is a weakness on one side of the body.