Neurological Disorders encompass Stroke, Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and any other condition that affects the brain or spinal cord.
NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS – THE NDT/BOBATH APPROACH
Neurological Physiotherapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of neurological disorders using methods that follow the principles and foundations of both NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) and Bobath approaches. Both approaches use specific hands-on techniques used by physical therapists to enhance the participation and function of adults with neurological disorders. These patient handling skills are used to guide the individual through task initiation and completion. Neurological rehabilitation applies therapeutic handling to influence how the individual’s system responds to sensory stimuli and accordingly influence the quality of the client’s movement. It can be used to reinforce desired movement patterns and/or prevent unwanted or abnormal postures and movements.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The treatment of Neurological disorders focuses on normal movement patterning based on how the brain relearns movement. Individuals living with a neurological disorder often have difficulties in controlling movement. Neurological treatment is intended to allow the individual to relearn, with a damaged neurological system, how to perform everyday actions with efficient motor control in various environments.
Neurological rehabilitation is a complex intervention involving treatment methods used to retrain and optimize functional motor control, balance, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance. Individuals living with a neurological disorder come to physiotherapy to optimize their walking efficiency and independence, balance (sitting or standing) in the indoor and outdoor environment with increasing demands, muscular strength and endurance, and functional range of motion or movement patterning.
NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS – WHAT TO EXPECT AT YORK REHAB
At York Rehab we assess and treat the individual in order to assist the client in becoming functional and independent again. The therapeutic activities are chosen based on functional relevance and tailored to address how the individual can adapt to environmental demands. Each initial neurological physiotherapy assessment includes a thorough and goal-oriented approach to develop and implement a comprehensive home exercise program complemented by a treatment program for each individual. The treatment program incorporates scientific principles and current physiotherapy practice research.