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Neurological Conditions

Stroke

What is a stroke?

A stroke is where the blood flow to the brain is disrupted. The disruption can be caused by a blockage in the blood vessel or a bleed, and results in the brain being starved of oxygen.

Unfortunately the damaged brain cells are unable to heal themselves. The brain is however an extremely adaptable structure meaning that undamaged areas of the brain are able to compensate for the damaged areas.

Physiotherapy aims to help stroke patients re-learn new movement patterns.

Physiotherapy for stroke patients?

Physiotherapy for stroke Recovery of movement after a stroke can sometimes be rapid in the first few months, and then become slower over the following years.

Once medically stable, you will be discharged from hospital. Physiotherapy treatment should continue immediately once you have been discharged home in order to maximise your recovery. Physiotherapy at City Physio Clinics can help you:

  • Work on sitting balance
  • Improve standing balance
  • Improve your walking
  • Improve your affected arm and hand movements
  • Increase your general muscle strength
  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • ....and many more specific goals you might have.

We work together with you to set goals around what you would like to achieve. More specific treatments that we are able to offer for stroke patients include functional electrical stimulation (FES) and Saeboflex treatment.

Unfortunately due to current restraints in the NHS, many people either do not get seen by physiotherapy once discharged or are only seen for a short period of time.

At City Physio Clinics, we are able to assess you as soon as you require, and provide the appropriate level of input to help you to reach your rehabilitation goals.

Multiple Sclerois (MS)

Information on MS

MS is a condition that affects different people in different ways. It is a condition where the brain and spinal cord become inflamed and damaged as it is attacked by the bodyís own immune system.

There is a wealth of information on the condition on the MS Society website.

Physiotherapy and MS

Physiotherapy can be of great benefit to people with MS. Main ways that we can help you are:

  • Preventing loss of mobility
  • Helping you manage with symptoms like fatigue and tremors
  • Improving strength
  • Improving balance
  • Reducing the risk of falls

At City Physio Clinics we are experienced in assessment for and set up of FES (functional electrical stimulation). This is a treatment that has been well documented in the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as beneficial for people with MS. A full assessment would need to take place by out Physiotherapist in order to determine if FES is appropriate for you.

Head Injury

After suffering a head injury, depending on the severity of that injury, the person can suffer from a variety of physical problems. Some of these may be:

  • Reduced muscle power or strength
  • Joint stiffness and reduced range of movement
  • Problems with skin sensation and joint awareness
  • Reduced mobility and balance

There may also be non-physical problems such as memory problems, fatigue and cognitive problems.

Unfortunately due to current restraints in the NHS, many people either do not get seen by physiotherapy once discharged or are only seen for a short period of time.

At City Physio Clinics, we are able to assess you as soon as you require, and provide the appropriate level of input to help you to reach your rehabilitation goals.

Parkinsonís Disease (PD)

Parkinsonís Disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition, People with PD do not have enough of a chemical called dopamine, meaning that movements become slower. The main symptoms of PD include tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement.

Physiotherapy can be of great benefit for people with PD by helping reduce falls or improve mobility.

Please see publication from Parkinsonís UK for more information - click here.