Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological Physiotherapy: Earlier the Better

Physiotherapy is a spectacular therapy in the field of medicine that is effective to solve most of all health problems. 

Neurological Physiotherapy is a special branch of therapy that exclusively involves your brain (Neuro), spinal cord, and your peripheral nerves. This involves loss of muscular movement, physical disability stimulated by mental disability as well as deterioration of neural (nerve) functioning. 

What conditions require Neurological Physiotherapy? 

  •     Stroke
  •     Head injury caused during accidents 
  •     Traumatic Brain Injury
  •     Spinal Cord Injury 
  •     Parkinson’s Disease
  •     Bell’s Palsy 
  •     Multiple Sclerosis 
  •     Paralysis
  •     Muscle spasms 
  •     Lack of sensation in the limbs

All the above-mentioned medical conditions are connected to the brain, spinal cord, or the nervous system of the body. It is when either of these pathways is damaged, the connection of the brain to the specific hands, legs, or the motor organ is disabled. This results in the brain signals not reaching anywhere else in the body. 

Physiotherapy VS Neurological Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the stimulation of muscles, ligaments, or tendons to activate the movement and sensation of the muscle. In the same way, Neurological Physiotherapy or Neuro Physiotherapy is the stimulation of certain parts of the brain to repair the connection and the pathway between the brain and the motor organ.  

How does Neurological Physiotherapy help

Treatment plans for Neurological Physiotherapy are different depending on the type of injury and the condition of the injury. These include focusing on improving cardiovascular functioning, strength, and agility, movement, balance as well as the overall coordination of the body muscles. 

  •     Improve muscular strength
  •     Develop a better range of motion 
  •     Improve posture
  •     Decrease muscular contractions 
  •     Reduce muscle spasms 
  •     Improve breathing 
  •     Better balance
  •     Relieve pain 
  •     Promote independent movement 
  •     And to achieve maximum potential

At PhysioExperts, we use a combination of different neurological therapies to provide a beneficial approach to the treatment. Neurological malfunctioning often includes difficulties in breathing, swallowing, and trouble in speech. 

Why should you not wait to begin with Neurological Physiotherapy?

When a rehabilitation program is regarding Neuro i.e., brain, it is necessary to understand that all of our body functions and muscle movements are controlled and coordinated by our brain. 

When the connections between our brain and other body functions are disrupted, there are chances the restoration process may have to begin from scratch when put off for a longer period.

The initial assessment of Neurological Physiotherapy is different from that of regular physiotherapy. Neurological physiotherapy requires a complete analysis of the body regarding the area affected. This means, once when the affected painful area is recognized, the neurological physiotherapist must examine other parts of the body that are controlled by the same part of the brain as that of the painful area. This helps to understand the actual CAUSE OF THE PAIN – Brain, Spinal cord, nerves, or the muscles. 

At PhysioExperts, the physiotherapists are trained to provide a customized plan of treatment after a complete evaluation of the problem. This is why the sessions are usually extended ineffectively by the fee. 

The treatment goals set for you are of 2 types: 

  1.   Short-term goals 
  2.   Long-term goals

Short-term goals that aim for you to be able to carry out daily tasks and routines smoothly without discomfort and most importantly pain. 

Long-term goals include for you to attain complete restoration of the movement and promote strength and agility of the muscles.

Why Choose PhysioExperts for Neurological Physiotherapy in Ottawa?

  •  One-on-One treatment.
  • Evidence-based approaches towards Neurological Physiotherapy.
  • In-home services are available as well.
  • No doctor referral is required.
  • Modern and up-to-date equipmentmen clinic.
  • Experienced and Registered Physiotherapists. 
  • Direct Insurance Billing.

Along with specialized treatment with the physiotherapist, we also provide a customized plan of exercises to do so at home for better results. 

Call today at 613-672-6000 or book an appointment with us at PhysioExperts. 

For any concerns drop us an email: info@physioexperts.ca 

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Best Pediatric physiotherapy treatment in ottawa

“WHAT” “WHYs” & “HOWs” about Pediatric Physiotherapy

It is an extremely undermined topic when it comes to physiotherapy for children, and it has proven to be an equally essential crucial form of therapy for babies, children, and adolescents. 

As important as Physiotherapy is for elderly people and is considered a necessity, in the same way, at a growing age of a child, rehabilitation and therapy for the development of the brain, bones, and muscles are crucial.

In this blog, we will give insights on Pediatric physiotherapy and answer the most common questions asked about this therapy.  

What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?

Pediatric physical therapy focuses on children from age 0 to 18 to promote physical and motor growth aiming to achieve optimal development. Our pediatric specialists work with the children to develop a child’s:

  •       Motor function.
  •       Posture.
  •       Enhancing the growth of the bones.
  •       Strength of the muscles.
  •       Flexibility.
  •       Balance.
  •       Coordination.
  •       Sensory understanding. 

These treatments include manual therapy, education, functional playing, understanding the development of the child, and preparing personalized treatment plans for your child that include pediatric physiotherapy exercises. Motivating the growth of the child’s development is crucial for the long run.

Why do children need Pediatric physiotherapy? 

As a child begins its growth and development, the right direction and motivation of each growth are necessary for independence and achievement of self-esteem. Pediatric physiotherapy exercises are capable of providing a safer form of development, strengthening, and developing necessary preventive measures of physical damage, just like sports pre-rehabilitation. 

This majorly addresses muscular weakness, imbalance, and coordination. An individual plan is developed for every child as every child is built differently however, the common programs include activities for balance and coordination, safety and prevention programs, and Motor development activities that include therapeutic playing. 

How does Pediatric Physiotherapy work? 

Children with special needs or normal development problems need Paediatric Physiotherapy. At PhysioExperts, we have a special approach towards children with any needs. For instance, the most common worrisome topic that remains for parents is speech development. Children stuttering in childhood is very common as they have heard you talking, and they register some words in their head. However, there is a complex dance happening in their head as they know the word, they might know the meaning of a few words they have heard, however, they are struggling with how to use it and where to use it. We do not know what is happening in their head nor do they know but they are confused, and they want to speak but they are yet in the Speech development stage and learning how to speak. 

For this reason, Pediatric Physiotherapists at PhysioExperts, focus on each child’s development by understanding their motor development skills by following a plan of pediatric physiotherapy exercises. This engages the child in activities that interest them in development and growth. This eventually helps to prevent a child’s sensory reaction. If this reaction is not assisted, a child can develop a temper and can throw tantrums, and have mental breakdowns

We aim to engage the child and the parent in this process to develop a bond with them and also get the parents used to understand their child’s motor needs. 

Benefits of Pediatric Physiotherapy: 

  •       Stronger joints
  •       Range of motion
  •       Developing muscular strength
  •       Speech development
  •       Working on the reflexes
  •       Creating the right posture
  •       Developing equilibrium skills
  •       Gait training
  •       Building self-esteem
  •       Develop an independent mindset

At PhysioExperts we offer much more than just general physiotherapy treatments to help you restore your mobility and help you make sure to not put yourself in any harm’s way. 

Book an appointment to get a physical assessment done for your condition and get personalized treatment.

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Stiff Upper Back

How a Stiff Upper Back Can Spiral into More Issues and What to Do About It?

Is the work-from-home situation turning you into a couch potato due to lack of physical activity? This could be one reason behind the sturdiness of your thoracic spine leading to an unrecognized disrupted posture. 

The neck and the lower back are usually more prone to injuries and common pain as compared to the upper back which over time can turn into something serious. As unusual as the pain to the upper back is, it is also not easy to distinguish the upper back pain from the neck strains. This is why, by the time you realize the pain, it’s a red flag. 

The upper back is the region that lies below the cervical spine (neck) and above the lumbar spine (low back). The upper back is called the thoracic spine, and it is the most stable part of the spine. The range of motions in the upper back is limited because of the thoracic spine’s attachment to the ribs (rib cage). 

Some of the Upper Back Pain Symptoms are: 

The pain in the upper back region does not solely remain in one spot. There occurs: 

If your upper back pain is related to the bones, nerves, or discs of your thoracic spine, your symptoms may also include:

  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain down the legs
  • Incontinence (bowel and/or bladder leakage) 
  • Numbness or weakness in your legs

Burning Sensation in the Upper Back Region: 

When the upper back pain becomes serious enough to limit your movement, there is a sharp pain and burning sensation localized to one spot along with pain in the neck, shoulder and elsewhere. This is due to the below mentioned two reasons. 

  1. Muscular irritation.

The shoulder girdle is the area where more than 1 bones attach. It is here that a large muscle attaches on our shoulder blade and the back of the rib cage. These large upper back muscles are prone to developing strains or tightness that can be painful and difficult to alleviate. Muscular irritation in the upper back is typically due to either de-conditioning (lack of strength) or overuse injuries (such as repetitive motions).

  1. Joint dysfunction. 

It is either from a sudden injury or a natural degeneration due to ageing, joints in the upper back can dysfunction and cause pain. 

However, you could yourself examine the stage of your pain. There are 3 stages to the pain: 

  1. Stage One: 

It is the pain in the centre of your back though aiming in the upper middle part. There is mild pain and on stretching a little you feel relaxed. 

  1. Stage Two: 

Now, the pain has elevated and you will feel it when you move quickly or even sneeze. If you are not sure if the pain associated with it is regarding the same issue, you can test so by taking a deep breath. 

  1. Stage Three: 

By this point, you are going to feel the pain so intense just as if it were a burning sensation by doing the simplest of the tasks or even by doing nothing! 


Exercises to Relieve Upper Back Pain:

To relieve upper back pain, try these simple home remedies: 

  • Gentle stretches
  • Ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Heat to improve mobility and ease stiffness 


Exercises to improve posture and pain:

  • Imagery. 

Imagine there’s a cord passing through your body from ceiling to floor. Now imagine someone pulling that cord upward, slightly lifting your chest and ribcage.

  • Chin tuck.

Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Your shoulders should be relaxed and down. Now pull your chin in toward your neck. Count to five, then relax. Repeat 10 times.

  • Shoulder blade squeeze.

Put your hands on your thighs and keep your shoulders down, roughly at chin level. Slowly squeeze your shoulder blades together. Count to five, then relax. Repeat three or four times.

  • Upper back stretch.

Raise your right arm to shoulder level, directly in front of you. Bend your arm at the elbow and grasp that elbow with your left hand. Now gently pull it across your chest and hold for it 20 seconds. Repeat three times on each side. 

How Serious is an Upper Back Pain? 

Most cases of the upper back are not due to a serious underlying cause, but in some cases, it may be caused by an infection or from the compression of the spinal nerves further leading to spinal instability. With serious upper back pain, comes serious underlying symptoms. These may include, radiating pain or pins-and-needles tingling in the chest or abdomen, fever or chills, reduced coordination, problems walking, or severe headache. 

This brings us to conclude that DO NOT unsee or neglect any pain in the back as with time, the condition may get serious which might as well not be related to muscles or bones. 

Get an analysis as to what is causing you back pain and get a permanent solution to it at PysioExperts, Kanata. 

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