An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain since birth. The effects of an acquired brain injury can be wide ranging, and depend on many factors such as type, location and severity of the injury. The injury can cause changes to several body systems controlled by the brain including cognition (thinking ability), movement, emotion and social behaviour.
There are many causes of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, and include external causes such as a road traffic accident or internal causes such as stroke. The physical effects of ABI are wide ranging including problems with increased muscle stiffness (tone), weakness, altered sensation, fatigue and difficulties with speech. No one head injury presentation is the same as another.
At the Bobath Centre we are highly experienced in working with people with ABI. We offer an expert comprehensive assessment, where we will work with you to identify problems that we can address and manage. We also work in partnership with you to take a reflective and analytical approach to therapy.
Bobath therapists use skilled therapeutic handling to help you to move in the most efficient and effective way possible. Treatment plans are guided by individualised functional goals and outcome measures. We also work together with you to provide carefully considered home exercise programmes to optimise your function and benefits from therapy. We also aim to reduce any secondary problems such as pain or loss of range of movement.
As well as hands on treatment, we use a wide variety of adjuncts to physiotherapy including walking aid assessments and partial body-weight treadmill.
Bobath therapy is an inclusive approach, and we have the broad skill set to work with people across the spectrum of injury presentation. We can work with you, however mild or severe your ABI is.
Treatment can be delivered in a range of different formats and is decided on an individual basis, this can range from six-monthly reviews to intensive bursts of treatment for a couple of weeks or more.
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