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Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain before, during or after birth. Often the exact cause of cerebral palsy is not known, but contributing factors can include infections, lack of oxygen, meningitis and pressure or blows to the head. The severity of the cause will affect the significance of the damage caused to the brain. For example, the longer a child is deprived of oxygen during birth, the extent of brain damage likely to be caused is increased.
Effects of Cerebral Palsy
Every person with cerebral palsy (CP) is affected in a different way. Depending on the area of the brain affected, the following symptoms may be present:
- Co-ordination and balance problems
- Difficulty maintaining and controlling posture
- Swallowing and talking difficulties
- Learning difficulties
- Epilepsy (one in three with CP also have epilepsy)
Spastic CP is characterised by:
- Weak, tight or stiff muscle groups
- Difficulty performing controlled movements.
- Difficulty / inability to stand unaided
Athetoid CP is characterised by:
- Involuntary, uncoordinated movements in the face, arms and trunk
- Difficulty eating and speaking
- Difficulty picking up objects
Ataxic CP is characterised by:
- Reduced muscle tone and poor co-ordination of movements
- Reduced balance and depth perception
- Trembling hands
- Unsteadiness during walking
Cerebral Palsy Physiotherapy Treatment
The main aim of neurological physiotherapy for cerebral palsy is to encourage patterns of normal, rather than abnormal, postures and movements.
Regular physiotherapy can:
- Increase mobility such as walking, crawling, rolling
- Facilitate normal development
- Improve co-ordination, balance
- Improve arm, leg and head control
- Normalise muscle tone
- Strengthen weak muscles
- Improve independence and quality of life
We aim to give your child the best care possible and can work alongside other therapists and carers to teach them the best ways to assist with moving and handling your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
My loved one has severe neurological damage from a traumatic brain injury. How can neurological rehabilitation help?
Professionally-guided neurological rehabilitation can help them to function better, be more independent in their activities of daily living, and increase their quality of life.
Can stroke victims regain their previous level of function?
Each patient is different, but it is sometimes possible for those that have suffered a stroke to regain all or nearly all of their prior function. Neurological rehabilitation is one of the best methods of achieving this.
Does PhysioActive offer any treatments for the pain that often accompanies neurological problems?
Yes, our expert physiotherapists have many modalities available to control and reduce pain. They will be happy to offer these treatments as needed.
What is gait?
Gait is a person’s way of walking or running, sometimes known as ambulation. A gait can tell healthcare experts a lot about a patient, including if they’re experiencing pain or the location of a neurologic or orthopaedic injury.
Our loved one requires a lot of care at home. Can you help with advice?
Absolutely. We can provide a thorough assessment of the home environment, make expert recommendations, and guide you with home exercises and care techniques.
Take the first steps of your rehabilitation journey by contacting us for an appointment right now.