Treatment will depend on how the individual has been affected. There is good evidence that the brain and nerves are able to make new connections after injury which can result in improved function and independence.
Neuro Physiotherapists specialise in maximising recovery by teaching individuals to move in the best possible way. This may involve assisting/facilitating movement during everyday tasks or exercises, manipulation and stretching of muscles and joints to allow them to work more efficiently and minimising compensatory movements which the body naturally resorts to when movement is lost.
A Neurological physiotherapist will also suggest ways to move and exercises to do in between sessions. These exercises may involve:
• Strengthening exercises to improve the power in weak muscles
• Stretching exercises to enable muscles to work in the best way
• Core stability exercises to improve control in the trunk, arms and legs
• Balance exercises to improve stability when sitting, standing or walking
• Cardio vascular exercises to improve overall fitness
Symptoms Neurological Physiotherapy may help:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle stiffness
- Balance difficulties
- Mobility difficulties
- Difficulties with everyday activities