What We Can Do For You
An initial home visit is carried out to assess the individual's physical function and gain a thorough medical history. Findings from the assessment are discussed along with aims and goals of treatment. An initial assessment takes approximately 1 hour.
Treatment takes place in the client's home or a mutually agreed location. There is great benefit to having treatment at home as it allows to make sessions relevant to individuals' needs and daily life. Treatment can also be carried out in an outdoor location, in gyms or swimming pools. Treatment is tailored to the individual's needs and goals.
Neurological hydrotherapy is a form of treatment within a warm pool. We are able to use the different properties of water in order to help increase strength, balance and range of movement in an environment where you are supported by the water. Our sessions are one to one and we have access to the pool via steps or a hoist.
Our Hydrotherapy service is run at Putteridge LU2 8LD. Please get in touch for more details and costs.
Hydrotherapy can be used to unload patients and support them to achieve positions that they are unable to achieve on land. This can be used in gait re-education as well as allowing individuals to access movement they can't when on land.
Hydrotherapy is useful in the treatment of pain and often allows individuals to exercise with reduced discomfort.
We have extensive experience working within Multidisciplinary teams and are able to take on Medicolegal cases. For more infomation please get in touch to discuss availability and for a copy of our Terms & Conditions.
Conditions We Treat
We are able to assess and treat many Neurological conditions. Some of the conditions we treat are below, but this is not a complete list. We treat any condition affecting the central nervous system. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
A stroke occurs when there is a disruption of blood supply to part of the brain. This can occur via a blockage (ischaemic stroke) or a bleed (haemorrhagic stroke). Damage to the brain can affect your movement, sensation, cognition, swallow and speech as well as other body functions. Rehabilitation following a stroke can be a long process, with the aim to 're-train' your brain and increase activity.
Weakness through one side of your body following a stroke can significantly affect your ability to move and walk. Breaking down elements of lost movement in therapy can help in recovery and build towards greater independence. Upper limb weakness can be a common presentation following a stroke and will require therapy to work on repetition of movement with correct technique helping the ability to reach, grasp and release objects.
Physiotherapy intervention may take the form of various types of treatment including gait re-education (learning to walk again), strengthening and conditioning, hydrotherapy (water based exercise), functional electrical stimulation (FES) and use a host of different types of equipment to help achieve the best results.
Improving independence is the ultimate focus in many treatment programs. What this means for different people varies considerably and having a Physiotherapist helps to ensure good foundations are laid for the journey ahead.
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative condition which can impact mobility over time. Individuals may experience a change in balance and the way they walk, taking shorter shuffling steps and/or have episodes of freezing whilst walking. Gradual changes in posture and strength can also affect balance leading to increased falls.
Parkinson’s can be helped through medication and exercise to help maintain ranges of movements, strength, and posture. Even if you have a diagnosis, but don’t feel it is affecting you a great deal, it is highly recommended to book an assessment with a Physiotherapist in order to determine base line measurements and start an exercise program to work on strength and balance.
Physiotherapy can help at whichever point you are with Parkinson’s, but like all conditions, the earlier you seek intervention the better.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Sudden injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head can result in Traumatic Brain Injury. This often happens as a result of road traffic accidents, falls or assaults. Like other Neurological conditions, the presentation and symptoms resulting from this can vary considerably.
Any sudden impact on our nervous system causing changes in your movement and/or cognition will have an equally sudden impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Having the right support around you to help you recover is essential.
Whether you are looking for treatment through medicolegal work or seeking to progress physical ability following an accident then we can help you. Having worked with numerous cases involving Traumatic Brain Injuries and experiencing the difficulties and demands this condition can put on people, we feel confident in helping individuals and families in pursuing the best possible recovery.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative condition affecting the coating of the nerves (myelin). Myelin protects nerves and allows a smooth path for messages to travel from the brain. When this is scarred and not working as it should, individuals may experience altered movement, vision and cognition.
There are different types of MS and each affects people uniquely and at different rates. A diagnosis and prognosis from a Neurological consultant assists in formulating the best treatment plan for the individual.
Physiotherapy helps in maintaining mobility and movement, often helping in relapsing and remitting periods of the condition to continue with movement as best possible so that recovery is faster.
How We Can Help You
Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation of the upper limb following a Stroke or other Neurological conditions can take different forms. Individuals may have low or high tone which affects the amount of movement they have or the positioning of the arm and hand.
There may be a need to use splinting in order to help maintain posture around the wrist and hand as well as maintain length of the muscles in this area.
Altered movement patterns, weakness, pain and sensation can also have significant impact on the amount of function someone has in their arm.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning provides a basis for many aspects of rehabilitation and does not have to take place in a gym environment.
Cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, speed and reactions are all areas that affect normal human movement. Each of us has varying abilities and when our nervous system is damaged, this has knock on effects to these areas.
Being creative and adapting exercises to fit varying physical presentations and abilities is a useful tool in the treatments we deliver. We can help you get back to the activities you enjoy.
Functional Electrical Stimulation
FES is a type of treatment utilised in Physiotherapy to help activate muscle groups that have been affected through damage to the central nervous system. Muscles may have been paralysed or weakened from a Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury causing reduced movement and functional ability.
Common areas of use for this type of treatment are on the shoulder, wrist and foot. There are different types of devices, some which can be used for exercise purposes and others which can be incorporated into daily life and movement such as walking.
To find out more information and if FES can help you, please get in touch.
Our ability to balance can be trained like all other areas of our physical function. Whether you are recovering from a Stroke or have a condition such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's, it is likely that your balance is affected in some way. Some people will find it difficult to maintain their balance in a sitting position or when they go to stand. Others may find their balance is a problem when they are walking which increases the risk of falls.
Sometimes there is a specific area of the body causing balance problems and other times it can be the whole body contributing to the issue. If you feel there is a problem with your balance, then it is important to get an assessment in order to address any issues before they become more problematic.
Our ability to walk is often taken for granted. A skill many of us have since before we can remember and is used in everyday life. The only time it's possible to see how much is involved in our gait pattern (walking) is when something goes wrong with it. Many Neurological conditions can affect the way someone walks, whether it is the ability to shift weight from one side to the other, speed, length of stride and/or the ability to push off and propel themselves forward; learning to walk again can be a very challenging aspect of rehabilitation.
Get in touch if you would like to know more about how we can help.
Our posture changes depending on what we are asking our body to do and forms a foundation to execute movement. Being able to adapt your posture and maintain and control your body plays an important part in rehabilitation.
Injury to our nervous system can change our posture and make moving very difficult. Having weakness in one side of your body following a Stroke will often cause compensation through the use of the stronger side. This can lead to greater problems down the line in recovery.
Gradual changes in posture occur with everyone, but understanding the root cause can help achieve better results.