Neurological Physiotherapy

What is Neurological Physiotherapy?

Neurological physiotherapy is rehabilitation for people who have suffered injury to their brain, spinal cord or other peripheral nerves.

 

Neurological rehabilitation aims to improve function, movement and independence for people living with injuries of their nervous and neuromuscular system.

 

Often, injuries to your central or peripheral nervous system can result in a wide variety of symptoms including muscle weakness, sensory changes, reduced balance and changes to gait and mobility which can create difficulty completing everyday tasks.

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What conditions can we help with?

Neurological physiotherapy assists with any condition that affects your brain, spinal cord and other peripheral nerves. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Ataxia and other movement disorders
  • Functional neurological disorder

Physiotherapy treatment can help with:

  • Retraining normal movement patterns 
  • Improve your ability and independence with everyday tasks 
  • Increase your muscle strength and range of motion
  • Improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling
  • Manage spasticity and muscle contractures
  • Reduce fatigue levels and improve pain and comfort
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How our Physiotherapists can assist you

Following your assessment, you and your physiotherapist will sit down and set short- and long-term goals to create a unique treatment plan that will best suit your individual needs.

 

The role of your physiotherapist will be to assist you in regaining specific movements and functions to improve your ability to complete activities of daily living and regain your independence.

 

Our physiotherapists follow current best practice guidelines and deliver evidence-based treatments to ensure you are always provided the optimal care to help you achieve your goals. Your rehabilitation program will depend on your specific needs and goals and can include a variety of different interventions including:
  • Gait retraining
  • Functional task specific training 
  • Balance and fall prevention exercises 
  • Motor planning tasks 
  • Neuromuscular training
  • Strength training

What will an initial appointment look like?

We understand that because neurological conditions affect each individual differently, there is no one assessment or treatment that will work for everyone. That is why our physiotherapists are trained professionals that can modify and complete a comprehensive assessment to best suit your needs.

 

An initial appointment will involve gathering a full medical and personal history and completing a functional assessment to help understand your situation, environment, pattern of movements, strengths and highlight any areas that you are having difficulty with.

 

This will include setting goals for therapy with your practitioner to ensure treatment is modified and tailored to exactly what you want to achieve. 

 

At Body Smart Health, we have the equipment, facilities and expertise to accurately measure your functional capacity to make it easier to monitor progression to ensure you are on track to achieve your goals. 

Different methods of testing including assessing:

Muscular strength and tone

Joint range of motion and muscle length

Sensation and reflex testing

Coordination

Static and dynamic balance

Functional tasks - this can include looking at your walking, bed mobility, transfers and other everyday tasks that you complete

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Is physiotherapy effective?

There is constantly new research coming out regarding neurological injuries and rehabilitation including new and effective methods. Currently, there are several known and effective principles of neurological physiotherapy that management is based on. 

 

One key principle of neurological rehabilitation is neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the concept that the brain is dynamic and has the ability to rearrange connections and neural pathways in order to compensate for what has been lost or damaged with a neurological injury.

 

Neuroplasticity and your brain’s ability to adjust and create new pathways is what allows physiotherapy treatment to help develop new or lost movements or regain the ability to stand, walk or complete other functional tasks.

 

With this concept of neuroplasticity, we understand that optimal rehabilitation needs to involve activities focused on specificity, repetition, intensity and feedback which is why physiotherapists are the most appropriate health professionals for commencing your neurological rehabilitation journey. 

What can you expect from a physiotherapy session at Body Smart Health?

Neurological rehabilitation focuses on the retraining of functional tasks in order to capitalise on neuroplasticity and form new neural pathways. Because of this, physiotherapists will break down specific tasks or movements that you are having difficulty with and choose targeted exercises at the appropriate intensity, while providing feedback to improve quality and give you the best opportunity to learn and develop new skills to progress towards your goals. 

Why choose Body Smart Health for your neurological rehabilitation

At Body Smart Health, our qualified clinicians work within an interprofessional team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and dietitians. Our comprehensive care services are available for all presentations and abilities and within one clinic, you can connect with all services for efficient integrated community care.

 

Our state of the art facilities are designed with the client in mind with access to equipment including parallel bars, hoists and gym-based rehabilitation equipment.