Are you, your child, or someone you care for living with Cerebral palsy (CP)? Physiotherapy may help.
Our experienced physiotherapists at Valens Care can provide treatment, funded by your NDIS package, to children, teenagers, and adults with CP.
Physiotherapy for CP aims to improve movement and motor skills, develop, and maintain function and gain independence.
- We aim to help your baby to sit, crawl and walk.
- We aim to help your child dress themselves and get active in the sport they love.
- We aim to help you perform your activities of daily living, independently.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
1 in 700 babies born in Australia are born with Cerebral Palsy and 34 000 Australians live with CP every day. CP isn’t one single condition, it’s an umbrella term describing several disorders which result from damage to the developing brain, usually during pregnancy, birth, or early childhood. This may impact fine or gross motor skills, muscle control, coordination, balance, posture, and reflexes. As well as physical disabilities, some may experience intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, visual disturbances, and difficulties with speech or eating.
How Physiotherapy Can Help
Without treatment, CP can have a massive impact on a person’s quality of life. Our physiotherapists at Valens Care can provide NDIS-funded physio for cerebral palsy to you or your loved one. We aim to support the development and maintenance of function and increase independence.
We want you to enjoy all aspects of life, whether it be getting involved in support, relishing in your favourite recreational activities, or being active in your community. We want to help you to manage the limitations of your condition as much as possible.
Some of the benefits of physio for cerebral palsy include:
Improved movement– many living with CP experience tightness in their muscles and tendons, causing pain and making it difficult to move freely. Cerebral Palsy physio involves using stretches, exercises, and other techniques to help to loosen your muscles. This can reduce pain and stiffness and increases your ability to perform many tasks.
Increased strength– it’s common for people with CP to have muscle weakness which may make it challenging for them to perform basic tasks or mobilise independently. A physiotherapist can create an individualised exercise program aimed at improving strength in specific muscles and muscle groups.
Improved posture and alignment– Physio for cerebral palsy involves massage, manipulation, exercise, and education aimed at improving posture and alignment. This not only reduces pain and discomfort but can help with breathing, digestion, and function.
Psychological well-being– physiotherapy doesn’t stop at physical benefits. Improving physical function can positively impact psychological well-being as well. Improvements in physical function may translate to greater self-confidence and improved mental, and emotional health.
The Valens Care Difference
Valens Care provides a more individualised kind of NDIS-funded mobile physiotherapy services, for people with complex care needs, to help you achieve a more independent kind of life.
While CP doesn’t get worse over time your symptoms may change as you age. That’s why at Valens Care, we tailor a treatment program specific to your condition, your needs, and your goals. We work with you long-term, continuously assessing your needs and changing your treatment to help you maintain your physical function throughout your lifetime.
Contact us today to see how physiotherapy can help in the treatment of Cerebral Palsy.
* All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Valens Care can consult with you regarding your individual health needs.