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Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term used to describe any non-progressive disability resulting from damage to the brain tissue during pregnancy, birth or during early childhood. The abnormal development or injury to the brain tissue disrupts the nerve signals to the muscles and therefore causes difficulty with movements, posture and co-ordination. Cerebral Palsy covers any amount of damage to any part of the brain, and therefore symptoms and treatment vary dramatically depending on the individual.

Treatments for Cerebral Palsy:

Physiotherapy for Cerebral Palsy in children:
For children, treatment for Cerebral Palsy primarily aims to increase mobility and promote physical development such as sitting, crawling and walking. Treatment should be started early and should aim to continue on a regular basis. Every child with Cerebral Palsy presents differently and has different needs. At Hobbs Rehabilitation, our specialist paediatric physiotherapists will tailor a treatment program specific to each child’s needs. Some of the physiotherapy treatments we offer aim to:

  • Increase muscle strength and activation
  • Decrease muscles tightness and spasms through stretching programs and splinting techniques
  • Encourage physical development through play and everyday activities
  • Improve mobility with the use of different aids

Physiotherapy for Cerebral Palsy in adults:
For adults, treatment is aimed at improving muscle activation and control and improving functional abilities. Specialist services for adults with Cerebral Palsy are often less widely available than those for children.  Every individual with Cerebral Palsy presents with different symptoms, needs and priorities depending on their age and the extent of the damage to the brain. Each individual will be assessed by their therapist and have treatment tailored to their needs and goals. Some of the physiotherapy treatments we offer can help to:

  • Increase muscle strength through strengthening and mobilisation exercises
  • Minimise abnormal patterns of movement through re-alignment and activation of muscles
  • Improve postural alignment through mobilisation and strengthening
  • Improve balance and mobility through assessment of different seating and mobility aids and postural  re-education
  • Increase sensation through sensory stimulation
  • Reduce muscle stiffness, spasms and pain through stretching programmes
  • Reduce the risk of falls through balance work, gait re-education and training
  • Help reduce foot drop through functional electrical stimulation (FES) and various orthotics
  • Increase independence and quality of life through management of positioning in bed and seating

Occupational Therapy for Cerebral Palsy:
Cerebral Palsy affects individuals of all ages, therefore our specialist OT’s aim to improve areas of personal care, work or leisure that are becoming difficult and help each person to achieve their individual goals. This can be achieved through:

  • Functional activities independently or in groups
  • Assessing function in your own environment and establish any needs for equipment, adaptations, or further rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy including splinting and exercise programmes
  • Advice and management of pressure relief through bed positioning and seating adaptations
  • Management and education to help individuals adapt and manage altered sensation
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of equipment available to aid transfers and mobility

Speech and Language Therapy for Cerebral Palsy:
Individuals with Cerebral Palsy often have difficulties with their speech and swallowing. Difficulties in written and non-verbal communication can also be experienced. Our specialist speech and language therapists can assist with:

  • Training for family and carers on how to communicate with someone with dysphasia
  • Advice and management with various communication aids
  • Treatment at the centre or in your own home
  • Assistance with written communication including adaptive equipment

Neuropsychology for Cerebral Palsy:
Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition and affects people of all ages. Coming to terms with the symptoms and loss of independence at any age is a challenge. Our clinical neuropsychologists can help to provide:

  • Detailed assessment of a clients’ functioning in particular their cognition, behaviour and emotional state
  • Providing advice, consultation, teaching and supervision to other professionals as well as family and carers
  • Management and advice for anxiety and changes in mood

Orthotics for Cerebral Palsy:
Orthotics may be an every-day requirement that often need re-adjusting as the individual grows. Our specialist orthotist can help by designing, fitting and altering orthoses to best complement your treatment and rehabilitation. These include:

  • Orthotics to prevent foot drop and aid walking
  • Night and day resting splints to maintain alignment and prevent contractures
  • Insoles to improve alignment, proprioception and gait
  • Alteration to shoes to assist with leg length discrepancies, alignment and improve mobility