Head Injuries – Traumatic Brain Injuries – Acquired Brain injuries

What types of head injuries are there?

Head Injuries vary in severity, where they involve damage to the brain, they can be described as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Other conditions such as meningitis or brain tumours also cause damage to the brain, they are sometimes referred to as Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).

The symptoms of brain injuries are wide-ranging and can include arm or leg weakness and stiffness leading to muscle imbalance. People with brain injuries also often experience co-ordination and balance difficulties. One of the primary goals of physiotherapy intervention is to identify these muscle imbalances and provide an appropriate intervention. To rectify difficulties walking and increase independence.

There are also often a number of more hidden symptoms, for example dizziness, cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes. The severity and type of symptoms caused by a brain injury, depends on a number of factors such as, the type, location and severity of injury. Every person is uniquely impacted and requires an individual physiotherapy treatment plan.

Head injury and Brain Injury
Specialist in brain Injury

All our specialist neuro-physiotherapists have extensive post-graduate training and years of experience working with people who have had a brain injury. They have an understanding of how brain injury can impact different brain functions. They are able to use their knowledge of the central nervous system and how different systems work together within it to support the mechanisms of recovery. From this understanding they will deliver the most effective treatment possible and help each person, to understand and manage their own brain injury rather than being a victim of it. The physio will support family and care givers where appropriate, including helping them gain a deeper understanding, as well as skills to help the rehabilitation process, helping you achieve your best through rehabilitation.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms

There may be Musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms related to the event that caused the head injury, or symptoms that developed as a complication of the brain injury, (e.g. a consequence of tightness in muscles). The physio will address those problems and can consult with our inhouse MSK specialist Phil Commons.

Hands on therapy at Nicole Lavin Neurological Rehabilitation

Much of the physiotherapy treatment is directed at promoting positive neuroplastic changes. This is where connections in the brain are ‘re-wired’ to promote recovery. Our physios are passionate about the delivery of ‘hands-on’ therapy. The physiotherapist’s skilled assistance allows the patient’s Central Nervous System (CNS) to experience more normal posture and efficient movement. We believe skilled hands-on physio treatment is a major factor in enabling people to achieve their potential and return to improved activity and independence. We integrate many approaches to treatment, for example hydrotherapy and splinting. We focus on exercise to improve flexibility, muscle strength and general fitness. Where appropriate, the physios will work with you to develop and support your gym programmes.

Treatment sessions at Nicole lavin Neurological Rehabilitation are active, they always hold your goals in mind.

We believe it is important for treatment to be challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. We expect you to make positive changes each session.

Programmes can be designed for patients who are home-bound.

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