Bobath therapy is appropriate for adults with acquired neurodisability, regardless of age and duration of disability. Each person’s problems are individually assessed by a physiotherapist who develops a treatment plan with an emphasis on setting goals for the individual. Continual reassessment ensures that personal treatment needs are met.
The Bobath Centre specialises in treatment for people with:
- Acquired neurological conditions caused, for example, by strokes or head injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury (incomplete) and Parkinson’s.
- Neuro-developmental conditions, such as cerebral palsy.
The Bobath approach to the treatment of adults with neurological disabilities was pioneered by Mrs Berta Bobath MBE, FCSP, PhD (Hons) in the 1950s. It has achieved international recognition as one of the foremost approaches to the treatment and management of people with neurological conditions. The concept continues to be developed by Bobath therapists working in this specialist field.
The aim of the Bobath treatment is to improve or restore function following neurological impairment. Treatment is tailored to people’s individual needs and is based upon an assessment of their abilities and analysis of their movement disorder.