Cerebral Palsy is an ‘umbrella term’, meaning it covers more than one form of condition. All forms of Cerebral Palsy are caused by abnormal development or damage to the brain. In the majority of cases this damage/abnormal development is prenatal, and the causes are generally unknown. Other causes of this brain damage include birth trauma, particularly in cases where an infant’s brain becomes starved of oxygen, and infection (namely, meningitis).
There are three types of Cerebral Palsy, not including ‘mixed Cerebral Palsy’ which is a mixture of different types. They are called ‘Spastic Cerebral Palsy’, 'Ataxic Cerebral Palsy', and 'Athetoid Cerebral Palsy'.
No two children or adults with cerebral palsy have identical conditions, but here are some of the most common symptoms:
Speech Problems, Learning Difficulty, Epilepsy, Incontinence, Spatial Awareness, Hearing Problems, Behavioral Problems, Sleep Problems, Difficulty Feeding, Drooling
Cerebral palsy affects every person differently. Specialist neurological physiotherapy can be useful when movement is affected and limits work or leisure activities. We can give you advice on appropriate exercise programmes to improve or maintain movement abilities, and also help you to ease the transition back home to independent living.
Progress with treatment will vary greatly depending on the initial problem and degree of difficulty experienced by you. Regular exercise and gentle stretches may reduce stiffness and improve muscle and postural asymmetries and re-align and activate appropriate muscles in order to perform functional activities.
At TherapyMatters we will assess you and work with you through a programme of neurological treatment - tailor made to meet your needs. We are able to advise on your Home Exercises Programme and help you to achieve your best functioning potential and fitness.
Please phone us if you have any questions or need to discuss this some more, we are happy to help.