We are delighted to announce that Midleton Physiotherapy Clinic now offers a specialised Neurological Rehabilitation service with our Neurological Physiotherapist Claire Curtin.
What is Neurological Physiotherapy?
Neurological Physiotherapy or Neurological Rehabilitation is a highly specialised branch of physiotherapy designed to treat people with problems of the central nervous system, for example, the brain, spinal cord, nerves.
These problems can affect a person’s movement, sensation and thinking. Some conditions such as brain injury or spinal cord injuries may result from an accident, while others such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis are as the result of progressive disease.
Early Neurological Physiotherapy intervention can make a big difference to a person’s quality of life so it is beneficial to seek intervention from a therapist who is skilled in assessing complex neurological problems.
Some people, like those at the early stage of their disease may not have many physical problems. In these cases, Neurological Physiotherapy focuses on optimising and maintaining your level of function.
Others may have more significant problems such as tight or weak muscles which may affect their walking or transfers, so then Neurological Physiotherapy focuses on addressing postural changes and strengthening muscles in order to improve a person’s mobility.
What if you are wheelchair dependent?
In such cases, your Neurological Rehabilitation will focus on transfers, bed mobility and seating. Our goal will be to increase independence where possible and optimise muscle length to reduce the risk of secondary problems like contractures(muscle shortening) and pressure areas developing.
For people who have recently been discharged from hospital, like those following a stroke, Neurological Physiotherapy can be useful in helping you to adapt and recover in your home environment.
*** Please note – Home visits for Neurological Physiotherapy can also be arranged if you are unable to travel to the clinic – in line with COVID-19 HSE guidelines ***
Neurological Physiotherapy otherwise known as Neurological Rehabilitation can assist with a wide range of neurological conditions including.
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Motor Neurone Disease
Many of these conditions can be extremely limiting and can affect all aspects of daily life. Parkinson’s disease can affect movement causing stiffness through the trunk and limbs. It can also cause movements to become smaller.
As a result, people with Parkinson’s often present with the following problems:
– Shuffling walk
– Stooped posture
– Freezing (this is a temporary inability to move which often happens when turning or walking through doorways).
Neurological Physiotherapy can also address Parkinson’s specific problems using specialised handling techniques based on the Bobath concept and specific exercises based on the PD Warrior programme.
Your Neurological Physiotherapist, Claire can also teach you strategies such a cueing to help with things such as freezing.
Neurological Physiotherapy intervention can help make a significant change to your function and significantly improve your quality of life.
What does a Neurological Rehabilitation treatment plan involve?
Neurological Physiotherapy includes a detailed assessment of your posture and your movement analysis. Depending on the findings of your physical examination, your Neurological Physiotherapist, Claire, will create an individualised treatment programme for you.
Your goals will be discussed, what you are hoping to achieve from attending Physiotherapy, and your treatment plan will be created around this. Goals will differ from person to person; they may include things such as being able to get out of bed by yourself, walking to the bathroom, walking to the local shop or even returning to sport.
In order to achieve your goals, your Neurological Rehabilitation treatment plan may include:
- Manual therapy
- Progressive Strengthening
- Functional practice – standing, getting out of a chair, repetitive tasks practice like transferring from a bed to a chair.
- Balance rehabilitation
Meet Your Neurological Physiotherapist – Claire Curtin
Claire qualified from the University of Hertfordshire with a first-class honours degree in 2012.
Following this, she completed her junior rotations at King’s College Hospital, London. It was here that she developed an interest in working in the field of neurology and saw the immense benefit that treatment can make to those with neurological conditions.
In 2014 she specialised as a senior Neurological Physiotherapist in the Royal Hospital (UK) for Neurodisability.
Claire gained further experience in this area working in both the Regional rehabilitation unit in Northwick Park and the Wellington Hospital.
Claire returned to Ireland in 2018 and worked in Dublin as a community physiotherapist for the HSE. She also worked a private clinic treating a wide range of neurological conditions.
Claire has also completed further training in the following:
The Bobath Concept
This is a type of physiotherapy treatment based around the brain’s ability to relearn and recover. It focuses on encouraging normal and efficient movement patterns and maximising functional recovery to increase a person’s independence.
Posture and Gait Analysis
This is a system of assessing a person sitting, standing and walking to evaluate the efficiency of movement and create a problem list and subsequent goal plan around which physiotherapy treatment is based.
This is an advanced exercise program that incorporates both physical and cognitive activity for people in the early stages of Parkinson’s.
Claire has also completed APPI Matwork Level 1 with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates institute and she incorporates her knowledge of Pilates and core strengthening into exercise programmes to assist in treating postural alignment and balance problems.
Claire has now returned home to Cork and has joined the team at Midleton Physiotherapy Clinic to provide a highly specialised Neurological Rehabilitation service.
To book an appointment with Claire, please call or text Claire directly on 085 – 1954428.