Offered by physical therapists (often in conjunction with occupational and speech language therapists), neurological therapy can improve the quality of life for patients of all ages experiencing decreased motor function due to neurological issues (diseases and injuries that cause damage and/or death of the cells in the nervous system).
Neurological therapy prevents loss of function, reduces pain, improves balance and flexibility, and increases strength and range of motion. Physical therapists create therapy plans that are patient-specific and comprehensive—it addresses the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of neurological disorders. Therapy plans often include therapeutic exercise, balance activities, gait training, splints or braces, and/or assistive devices.
Experts in the human body, physical therapists specialize in teaching patients how to move correctly. By increasing mobility and function, neurological therapy allows patients to have fuller, more active lives, which also decreases their risk for additional health risks—like heart problems, lung problems, and diabetes. Many patients are even able to regain their independence through this kind of therapy.
Neurological therapy is used to evaluate and treat patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, ALS, cerebral palsy, alzheimer’s disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, sciatica, neuropathy, stroke, and balance disorders.