Our neuromuscular system has an amazing capacity to change and develop. A physiotherapist has experience working with people with different injuries and long-term conditions to help them restore or improve their strength, balance and mobility. A Neurological Physiotherapist specializes in treating patients who have suffered an injury or disease affecting their central nervous system.
There are many neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, head injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal injuries that can affect the way and the ease with which people can move, talk, think and feel. This can mean changes to fitness and the ability to be independent with activities of daily life.
A Neurological Physiotherapy assessment will look at your abilities and difficulties and explore both the visible (strength and stiffness of muscles, balance, co-ordination) and invisible (pain, sensation, thinking processes, mood) symptoms. The Neurological Physiotherapist will then use their skills and knowledge and work in partnership with you, to help you move with greater efficiency, function better, and understand and become an expert in your condition.
It is common for a Neurological Physiotherapist to liaise, work with or refer onto other professionals such as occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and clinical psychologists when the need arises.