If you have a neurological condition, you are well aware of the impact it will have on your life. You may find that your mobility is limited, your quality of life suffers, and you are unable to function as independently as you would like.
Common Neurological Conditions
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects brain nerve cells. Common symptoms include extreme tremors, slurred speech, and uncontrollable facial expressions.
Fortunately, physical activity can help to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease and alleviate symptoms.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative condition that worsens over time. It usually starts in the hands, legs, and extremities before progressing to the central nervous system. People with ALS may have difficulty walking at first due to loss of balance. Other symptoms of this condition can include muscle cramps and hand and limb paralysis. As ALS progresses, it can even affect a person’s ability to move their limbs, speak, swallow, and even breathe.
Stroke is the primary cause of adult disability. By training to improve balance, walking, and the use of assistive equipment, physical therapy can help ease the consequences of a stroke.
Common therapies for post-stroke rehabilitation include:
Partial body weight support
Constraint-induced movement therapy
Functional electrical stimulation
Neurotherapy techniques (Biofeedback)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition that affects both the brain and the spinal cord. Symptoms of MS include pressure, weariness, and overall feelings of exhaustion. If this condition worsens, it has the potential to be fatal. If you have this condition, the goal of physical therapy is to help you move as easily as possible and lessen the symptoms.
How Physical Therapy Works With Neurotherapy
Neurotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that examines brain activity to see how it can be altered to assist patients in regaining function. It identifies brain areas that require improvement to employ physical therapy to strengthen those areas.
Physical and neurological therapists work together to develop the best treatment strategy for each patient.