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Posted May 14, 2018 | Category: Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Music therapy helps people with stroke walk better.

Ever since I heard about the amazing anecdotal success of patients with Parkinson’s disease magically transforming with dancing and music, I began to do a bit of research of my own into the idea of music therapy for people with neurological conditions.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

Have you ever hit your funny bone? In actual fact, the funny bone is not a bone at all but the ulnar nerve, which supplies about a quarter of the muscles in your arm. But what happens if it is more serious than that?

First, a quick lesson on human physiology.

What is a nerve?

A nerve is a cord like structure that is made up bundles of conductive tissue that forms the peripheral nervous system. Before they branch off from the brain and spinal cord to become nerves, they are called tracts.

Nerves are organised very much like a big fat sushi roll.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

Mental imagery has received much attention in the scientific literature because it’s been shown to be helpful in neurological and pain rehabilitation.

It seems simple doesn’t it? That we must first be able to conceptualise and plan what the task is like before we know how we should go about doing it.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

Did you know that despite the brain being 2% of the mass of the body, it uses 25% of the available oxygen supply?

And did you know that if joined up all the arteries in the brain end to end that it is more than 160,000km long?

That’s a lot of distance to look after, and many places where the arteries could either block up or bleed through, resulting in what we know as stroke.

One of the best ways to look after our blood vessels is by looking after our insides. One key part is diet, and the other is aerobic exercise.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tumours

Research continues to advocate for the plasticity of our brains, that brain structure can be altered in response to physiotherapy. This article with discuss the evolution of this idea and key principles around how the brain can change itself, giving you a greater understanding of the concept of neuroplasticity.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

If seven years is anything to go by, it’s the fact that seeing 6 patients a day, 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year means I would have had 8400 exercise programs to learn something from.

That means I practically eat, sleep and dream of exercise programs. If exercise were a drug, I would be your shady crack dealer, handing them out to unsuspecting ladies with walkers left right and centre.

But how do we make our exercises more addictive?

Well, here are 7 great ways to make that happen.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

Few of us stop to understand fully what is involved in walking, an activity we often take for granted, until something goes wrong. In people with a neurological condition, returning to normal walking can be a challenging task. All too often people learn to use compensatory muscle groups and strategies in an attempt to create efficient forward movement.

Walking is primarily governed by powerful actions of 3 main muscle groups. But first, you must understand the following graphic:

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

The body is a complex creature with millions and millions of connections that come from the brain and spread throughout the nervous system. These connections that follow tracts or pathways carry signals for sensation, movement and the body’s automatic systems like blood pressure control and digestion.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis

In our clinic, we see many neurological patients who come in through our doors with a laboured walking pattern. They may be quadriplegic or hemiplegic, and one of the most obvious problems is walking on a knee that seems to bend backwards more than it should when walking. This is known as hyperextension.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury

The hand is a wonderful piece of human engineering, allowing us to be dexterous and functional. In rehabilitation, there is a tendency to treat the hand like a robotic tool that primarily serves to reach and grasp, but in truth we do so much more with them than that.

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