I have a neurological condition and have been a member for about five years. For many years before that I had nowhere to go for support & treatment. Now I have regular physiotherapy I realise just how much I missed out on for all those years.
The Centre offers many other therapies as well and is a wonderful support to all its members.
Physiotherapy is our most popular therapy, with over half of our members enjoying the benefits. It is offered five days a week in our purpose built gym by qualified physiotherapists, who have specialist knowledge in treating neurological conditions.
In order to maintain mobility, it is crucial that you remain as active as possible, we understand that this can be a challenge for people with neurological problems, especially when their muscle strength and movement is affected. Through regular physiotherapy, muscles can be exercised in the correct way and so, where possible, mobility is maintained and the issues associated with a lack of movement can be prevented or addressed.
In addition, physiotherapy can be combined with the other therapies on offer to help ease pain, which can be one of the most difficult symptoms to treat effectively. Our therapists and Centre staff can speak to you about whether a combination of therapies might be right for you.
The physiotherapy offered to you will be based on your specific requirements. Activities vary from one-to-one or group sessions to exercise classes, you can also use the gym equipment under the therapists supervision. All new members to the Centre have a general assessment with a physiotherapist and, if physiotherapy is requested, a discussion will take place between the individual and the physiotherapist as to the most suitable format.
One - to - one physiotherapy sessions last 45 minutes and are available for people who have a specific issue that cannot be addressed in a group class, or who do not have the ability to join a group class.
Group exercise classes (maximum 7 people) last an hour, with some classes ending with 10-15 minutes of relaxation. These classes are led by our physiotherapists and encourage people to exercise in a way that will be effective for them, as well as providing a fun, sociable environment.
Group therapy (maximum 5 people) also lasts an hour, with smaller groups allowing for more focused attention on specific issues.
Both types of exercise class are tailored to varying ability and mobility levels, so that there is something for everyone.
Whichever format your physiotherapy takes, the aim is to prevent or reduce secondary problems by:
Giving you general advice
Maintaining/improving your joint mobility
Preventing/reducing muscle spasms
Maintaining/improving muscle power
Maintaining/improving your normal patterns of movement
Improving/maintaining your balance and coordination
Maintaining/improving your general fitness
All physiotherapists attend courses to maintain and improve their knowledge of treatment of neurological conditions and liaise with other Health Care Professionals within the Centre and in the NHS to offer you the best possible service.