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Independent Provider Of Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Services

Guillain-Barré Syndrome 

What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition in which the immune system attacks part of the nervous system. GBS affects the peripheral nerves and causes weakness and loss of sensation. Most commonly, GBS is developed following a viral or bacterial infection, which is thought to trigger an immune response that attacks the nerves. GBS often resolves relatively quickly, however the weakness and loss of sensation can take some time to resolve.

At present there is no cure for GBS, at Hobbs rehabilitation, we offer a variety of services for treatment and rehabilitation to aid recovery and promote independence.

Physiotherapy for Guillain-Barré Syndrome:

As each individual responds differently to the condition, our specialised physiotherapists aim to individualise treatment to help restore movement and function. Some of the physiotherapy treatments we offer can help to:

  • Increase muscle strength through strengthening and mobilisation exercises
  • Improve balance and mobility through assessment of different mobility aids and postual re-education
  • Reduce muscle stiffness, spasms and pain through stretching programmes
  • Reduce postural instability and balance problems through core stability exercises and balance training
  • Reduce the risk of falls through balance work, gait re-education and training
  • Increase independence and quality of life
  • Fatigue management and advice

Occupational Therapy for Guillain-Barré Syndrome:

Our specialist OT’s aim to improve areas of personal care, work or leisure that are becoming difficult. This can be achieved through:

  • Functional activities independently or in groups
  • Cognitive measures to assist with memory difficulties
  • Assessing function in your own environment and establish any needs for equipment, adaptations, or further rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy including splinting and exercise programmes

Speech and Language Therapy for Guillain-Barré Syndrome:

Communication and swallowing are a key part of life and if you're experiencing difficulty it may be having a huge impact on your quality of life. Our specialist speech and language therapist may be able to help you through:

  • Training for family and carers on how to communicate with someone with dysphasia
  • Advice on communication aids
  • Treatment at the centre or in your own home

Neuropsychology for Guillain-Barré Syndrome:

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 Guillain-Barré Syndrome:

Our specialist orthotist working with the team can help by designing and fitting orthoses to best complement your treatment and rehabilitation. These include:

  • Orthotis to prevent foot drop and aid walking
  • Insoles to improve alignment, proprioception and gait
  • Night and day resting splints to maintain alignment and prevent contractures
  • Alterations to shoes to assist with alignment and improve mobility