Who would benefit from Neurological physiotherapy?

Conditions include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Head Injury
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Neuropathy
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Vestibular Disfunction

Anyone with a neurological condition who wants to achieve a personal goal, increase independence, update a home programme. In the past it was believed that there was a time limit to recovery from Stroke, however current thinking has discredited this and people can make progress several years post injury.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

What conditions may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation

  • Vestibular Neuritis / Labyrinthitis
  • Morton's Neuroma (post surgical removal of Acoustic Neuroma)
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

This refers to re-education of the vestibular system following damage, disease or injury of the vestibular system. These conditions result in dizziness, vertigo & balance problems. the goal of vestibular rehabilitation is to retrain the brain in recognising and processing signals from the vestibular system in coordination with your eyes, muscles and joints. This will involve desensitising the balance system to movement that provokes symptoms.

Symptoms may include:

  • Spinning or whirling sensation: the illusion of movement of self or the world (vertigo)
  • Light-headed, floating or rocking sensation (dizziness)
  • Stumbling, difficulty walking straight or turning a corner
  • Difficulty maintaining straight posture: tendency to look downwards to confirm the location of the ground
  • Head may be held in tilted position
  • Difficulty finding stability in crowds or in wide open spaces
  • Trouble focussing on tracking objects with eyes
  • Discomfort in busy visual environments such as traffic, crowds and patterns
  • Difficulty walking in the dark
  • Sudden loud sounds may increase symptoms
  • Nausea or vomiting
What happens during assessment and treatment of vestibular conditions?

There will be an hours assessment including medical history, observation of gait and balance. The assessment may also include eye-head co-ordination and tracking moving objects. Using the findings from the assessment an individualised progressive exercise programme will be undertaken aimed at retraining the vestibular system.

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I consider Elaine to be the key person for how I manage and deal with my MS. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that, without her careful guidance, physiotherapy skills and encouragement, my mobility and well-being would be considerably worse than it is now.

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