An assessment is initially carried out to help establish the nature of a client’s difficulties, and a plan developed to help the client work towards their individual goals. Treatment may range from simple assessment and advice sessions to ongoing treatment programmes.
Treatment may include:
- Hands-on treatment to facilitate movement and function
- Functional Strength Training techniques aimed at strengthening muscles to help achieve functional goals.
- Gait re-education training to improve walking ability.
- Strength, aerobic and balance training programmes designed to improve fitness, stamina and independence.
- Postural management programmes to help optimise comfort and function and prevent secondary problems such as muscle stiffness.
- Home exercise programmes to build on physical progress made within treatment sessions.
- Advice and guidance on the use of mobility aids, splints and orthotics
- Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)- specialised boot-camp programmes designed to promote the use of a weaker arm.
- Advice and support for carers on exercise, stretching and positioning programmes
- Aquatic physiotherapy for exercise and enjoyment in water
- Supported gym visits and programme development
Most treatment programmes offered aim to harness neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change and reorganise itself after injury or disease. New pathways can be developed through targeted treatment founded on the underlying principle of ‘use it to improve it’. Treatments utilised are evidence-based, and follow National Clinical Guideline recommendations.
Assessment and treatments will usually be carried out in the client’s home but can be gym or community based depending on preference and need.
Annie is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.