Individuals with disabilities
There are various therapies that can help people with Cerebral Palsy and this area of the site will have information about the different therapy.
The main therapies include:
- Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)
This helps the patient with movement and motor skills. Though an exercise program, Physio helps to strengthen weak muscles and improve mobility.
This therapy is to help disabled people with their everyday tasks and to maintain their independence in their own homes. This is carried out by finding out what difficulties you are having, then an assessing your home environment, and then devising a plan of action as to the best way to help you and providing specialised equipment as is necessary.
Speech and Language Therapy
A Speech and Language Therapist will work with the patient to develop their mouth muscles and help develop jaw control which can improve language skills.
Also by developing mouth muscles and jaw control it can improve the patients swallowing which then can improve their eating abilities. A Therapist can also work with various communication methods and devices for those who have no speech.
They carry this therapy out in a heated pool, the heat of the water helps to relax muscles and allows for a greater range of movement. I have had Hydrotherapy many times and have benefited from it.
As the water is warm, they build the time up. The first session was 5 minutes and next was 10 until I reached 20 minutes. During the sessions I could work with my Physiotherapist on various exercises and because of the pain relief I got whilst in the water my mobility and range of movement was much better.
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