Do You Have a Neurological Condition? Physical Therapy Can Make Life Easier.
Are You Living with a Neurological Condition?
If you are living with a neurological condition, then you know first hand the effects it has on your life. Your movement may be compromised, your quality of life may be lower, and you might not be able to function as independently as you would live.
Thankfully, there is help available: occupational and/or physical therapy.
The goal of occupational and physical therapy for neurological disorders is to restore as much function as possible, in order to help you regain as much independence as possible and move freely. We can help you find comfort in the fact that you will be receiving treatment from experts in the field.
The therapists at Choice Rehabilitation are specialized in the treatment of patients who suffer from movement difficulties, either due to an injury or ailment surrounding the nervous system. Our specialists will assess your situation and develop the best plan of care for your needs.
For more information on how our Decatur, IN occupational and physical therapy services, can benefit you and help you learn to manage a neurological condition, request a consultation today!
Neurotherapy and occupational and/or physical therapy
Neurotherapy is a non-invasive treatment method that analyzes brain activity in order to determine how it can be changed to help improve your function. It can determine the areas of the brain that need work, while occupational and physical therapy helps those areas improve.
With neuro therapy, an EEG is used to measure brain activity and create “brain maps.” Occupational and physical therapists and neurological therapists work closely together in order to create the best treatment plan possible for each patient.
By participating in occupational and physical therapy treatments following a neurological injury, you can improve your function, perform targeted activities, and regain your independence much faster. OT/PTs specializing in neurology work with patients who have a wide range of neurological disorders.
Different kinds of neurological conditions
There are several different types of neurological conditions. These kinds of conditions affect a person’s ability to move comfortably. Their muscle control may be severely impacted and they may not be able to function independently. A few common ones are as follows:
Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults. Choice Rehabilitation can help relieve the effects of a stroke by working to improve balance, walking, and the use of assistive devices.
Common therapies for post-stroke rehabilitation include:
- Constraint-induced movement therapy
- Functional electrical stimulation
- Motor image
- Partial body weight support
- Neurotherapy techniques (Biofeedback)
Biofeedback is a type of neurological therapy that helps improve awareness of muscle function and how it may need to be changed in order to improve gait or daily function.
After a stroke, our Decatur, IN therapists can help you regain your functional skills so you can get back to living as normally as possible.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include severe tremors, slurred speech, and irregular facial expressions.
Fortunately, occupational and physical therapy can help slow the progress of Parkinson’s and provide relief for symptoms. It also helps to improve flexibility and strength by addressing several issues that Parkinson’s disease may cause, including abnormal gait, freezing, and dystonia.
Also referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS) is a progressive, neurological disease. It typically develops in the hand, feet, and extremities before progressing to the central part of the body.
Those who develop ALS typically experience a challenge with walking first, as they may frequently trip or lose their balance. It is also common to notice frequent muscle cramps or weakness in the hands or legs.
As ALS spreads throughout the body, it can affect the way in which someone walks, uses their extremities, speaks, swallows, and even breathes.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for ALS at this time. However, the goal of our rehabilitative team is to help maintain function and independence for as long as possible.
Choice Rehabilitation also focuses on preventing secondary complications (such as fall-related injuries) by providing information for safety and adaptation when using assistive devices.
As the disease progresses, our occupational and physical therapists can recommend adaptive equipment, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, braces, and other devices.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include pain, fatigue, and weakness. This condition can be debilitating as it progresses. Fortunately, if you are dealing with this disease, occupational and physical therapy can help manage and decrease these symptoms.
You will work with our Choice Rehabilitation therapists on activities to help with balance and movement, in addition to being provided with information on the correct use of assistive devices. Our Decatur, IN occupational and physical therapists will provide you with targeted stretches to ease muscle spasms and targeted exercises to increase strength and range of motion. We want to preserve as much comfortable movement as possible for patients with this condition.
Ready to get started on a treatment plan?
If you are suffering from a neurological condition that is limiting you from living the life you want to live, know that you don’t have to go down this road alone.
At Choice Rehabilitation, our therapists work closely with neurological experts to provide the best treatment possible for you. If you request a consultation to meet with one of our dedicated therapists, you will find out how we can best manage your symptoms and help you reach your physical goals. Don’t hesitate to contact our Decatur, IN therapy office today.