Neurological Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that specialises in the treatment and management of people who have neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s. It is one of the many therapies which are an essential part of a Parkinson’s care plan and should be integrated at the earliest possible stage after diagnosis.
When looking for physiotherapist, it is important to find a Neurological Physiotherapist with experience of providing therapy to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Many people fail to receive the right level or type of support by simply not using a physiotherapist that understands the neurological complexities of Parkinson’s. Unfortunately people with Parkinson’s are not always offered Physiotherapy via the NHS and when they are the referral can take several months or the therapist may not specialise in supporting people with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s affects the nerve cells in the brain responsible for body movement. This means that the messages from your brain are not reaching the affected parts of your body. This can result in loss of movement and sensation, uncoordinated movement, weak and floppy muscles, spasm and tremor. Neurological Physiotherapy is needed in such cases.
Neurological Physiotherapy is able to kick-start the message pathways that your brain is struggling to use, to make new pathways through repetitive actions and exercises. People who undergo Neurological Physiotherapy can improve symptoms such as difficulties with loss of balance, posture, loss of hand and arm or leg and foot function, walking, fine motor movement, stiffness and pain.
We believe that everyone has the right to access physical support, regardless of where they live or how advanced their condition is, which is why we provide home-based Neurological Physiotherapy for people living with Parkinson’s.