Cerebral Palsy

Lisabeth Lee

(Management Consultant )

I’ve had Scoliosis since childhood, and have spent thousands of dollars in my adulthood trying to get treated although doctors always told me to just “keep an eye on it”. It wasn’t until I saw Li Feng that I got some truly transformative knowledge about my condition and felt the positive change. I finally feel in control of my posture and daily movement now, living pain-free!

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain before, during or after birth. Often the exact cause of cerebral palsy is not known, but contributing factors can include infections, lack of oxygen, meningitis and pressure or blows to the head. The severity of the cause will affect the significance of the damage caused to the brain. For example, the longer a child is deprived of oxygen during birth, the extent of brain damage likely to be caused is increased.

Effects of Cerebral Palsy

Every person with cerebral palsy (CP) is affected in a different way. Depending on the area of the brain affected, the following symptoms may be present:

  • Co-ordination and balance problems
  • Difficulty maintaining and controlling posture
  • Swallowing and talking difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Epilepsy (one in three with CP also have epilepsy)

Spastic CP is characterised by:

  • Weak, tight or stiff muscle groups
  • Difficulty performing controlled movements.
  • Difficulty / inability to stand unaided

Athetoid CP is characterised by:

  • Involuntary, uncoordinated movements in the face, arms and trunk
  • Difficulty eating and speaking
  • Difficulty picking up objects

Ataxic CP is characterised by:

  • Reduced muscle tone and poor co-ordination of movements
  • Reduced balance and depth perception
  • Trembling hands
  • Unsteadiness during walking

Cerebral Palsy Physiotherapy Treatment

The main aim of neurological physiotherapy for cerebral palsy is to encourage patterns of normal, rather than abnormal, postures and movements.

Regular physiotherapy can:

  • Increase mobility such as walking, crawling, rolling
  • Facilitate normal development
  • Improve co-ordination, balance
  • Improve arm, leg and head control
  • Normalise muscle tone
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Improve independence and quality of life

We aim to give your child the best care possible and can work alongside other therapists and carers to teach them the best ways to assist with moving and handling your child.

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