HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
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We offer rehabilitation following a stroke, neurological injury, event or relapse (e.g. MS relapse) or following a period of illness. We can successfully treat people in the early stages after a neurological injury or stroke up to the late stages of recovery, it is never too late to explore the potential for recovery. Similarly with long term neurological conditions we treat people at any stage from early diagnosis to late stages of the condition.
We also offer maintenance programmes for those affected by the long term progressive conditions. We will advise you and give you exercises to help maintain movement and independence for as long as possible. We can help you to proactively manage your condition.
Our ultimate aim is to improve your day-to-day function. This is about your ability to do day-to-day tasks, it’s what you do with your day such as washing and dressing, looking after children, working, cooking, hobbies etc. The goals we set will be based around your function and what is meaningful to you so this is the root of your treatment. Everything we work on will ultimately be based on function.
It’s not just about physiotherapy, a huge part of our role is to support you and your carers and to help you access all the help that is available to you. We support the whole of you, not just the physical aspects of your life.
We use a combination of hands on facilitation, soft tissue techniques, exercise and movement re-education to help you to improve your movement and learn to use your body again to make the most of your abilities. It is important to exercise and work on your movement in between sessions to improve carry over and make the most of your rehab. Your physiotherapist will talk you through the options for exercise and help to plan a programme that you enjoy and that is suited to your ability and environment.
Physiotherapy can help with:
Improving arm function
Improving co-ordination and dexterity
Falls prevention and improving balance
Reducing spasticity (stiff, high toned muscles)
Improving muscle tone, strength and stamina
Improving walking speed, distance and quality
Dizziness and Balance Problems are common and often misunderstood. We can help with a whole range of dizziness issues from BPPV to PPPD.
The vestibular system is made up of parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, ageing, or injury, vestibular disorders can occur.
Symptoms can be:
Vertigo and Dizziness
Poor balance and spatial orientation
Difficulties with vision
Other symptoms can include nausea or vomiting, a hangover or seasick feeling, travel sickness, a feeling of fulness in the ears, headaches or migraine.
People who experience poor balance, dizziness or vertigo understandably stop moving so much, this can lead to secondary problems such as muscle weakness, changes in posture, fatigue and even pain.
The good news is that a lot of vestibular problems are treatable and can be improved, or in some cases, completely cured. It is important to have a thorough assessment of dizziness to properly diagnose the root of the problem; it is not always caused by a problem with the vestibular system and could be neurological, cardiovascular, visual or psychological in origin. It is not possible to treat without knowing the cause.
Vestibular Rehabilitation consists of exercises that are designed to get the nervous system to compensate for any deficits in the vestibular system. They can be very effective in reducing or eliminating the impact of the deficits. The exercises aim firstly reduce the visual symptoms and dizziness, then increase balance and ability to walk and finally they aim to increase activity levels.
HOW CAN A NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST HELP?
With their advanced understanding of the control of movement and balance a neurological physiotherapist is perfectly placed to treat balance problems and people who fall. Many neurological physiotherapists have had additional training in dizziness and vestibular dysfunction. A physiotherapist with the right skills is able to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the balance systems and tailor treatment according to which system or systems are not working.
Emma has a lot of experience in treating balance problems and has undertaken additional training in vestibular dysfunction.
EXERCISE AND EXERCISE ROOM
Exercise is important for your general health and to help to manage most neurological conditions. As well as the beneficial effects on your heart and lungs it also helps to maintain strength in your muscles and is great for improving emotional well-being.
We have an exercise room with a cross trainer, exercise bike and strengthening equipment. You can rent our room for exclusive use. You can work in there alone, with a carer, or under the careful guidance of our physiotherapy assistant.
We are keen to help you to return to sport or other activities that you have previously enjoyed, or help you to find new exercise activities that you may not have tried before. All of our team love the outdoors so we are happy to work anywhere with you to achieve your goals.
We have had training in hydrotherapy (physiotherapy in water) and can provide this service in a local swimming pool or help you to re-learn how to swim.