Neurological physiotherapy treats movement disorders caused by injury to the nervous or neuromuscular systems. After a brain injury common effects can tremors, spasms, weak muscles and a lack of balance and coordination. The therapist analyzes the lost functioning, then looks at training to reacquire lost skill acquisition - a process that any of us use when learning a new skills.
- Neurological physiotherapy requires a sound knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and neurology. Typical work involves being able to
- Maintain a seated position
- Move from sitting to standing
- Walking with assistance
- Crossing a road safely
The causes of this type of neurological impairment include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease and stroke. There is increasing evidence that this therapy can improve situations even when the condition is degenerative. The techniques involve in neurological physical therapy are wide ranging and require specialized training in tailored exercises, mobility aids and splinting.