Children with cerebral palsy rehabilitation

Cerebral palsy is a complex multifactorial disease that involves several body systems simultaneously in the pathological process. A support and motor function disorders are one of the main and severe symptom complexes of cerebral palsy. Currently, there is a real opportunity to improve significantly the quality of a child life even with very serious violations of motor functions. Comprehensive rehabilitation for cerebral palsy not only helps to develop limited compensatory opportunities, but also becomes the key to successful social adaptation.
€100
Initial consultation
from €150
Personal lesson
from 40 min
Duration of one lesson
Following the results of the consultation for each client, we compile a personalized program and select the complex from the author's training modules.

Causes

Cerebral palsy is a collective term that unites an extensive group of progressive motor disorders associated with damage to the central nervous system. A certain brain areas damage can be intrauterine, formed during the childbirth or in early childhood.

There are several factors that can provoke a pathological condition:

  • maternal diseases (infectious, endocrine, somatic);      

  • severe toxicosis, gestosis of the second half of pregnancy;      

  • rhesus conflict between the mother and the fetus;      

  • impaired development of the placenta and umbilical cord;      

  • premature birth;      

  • physiological birth trauma;      

  • poor quality obstetric care;      

  • injuries and infectious brain damage in the first 3 years of a child’s life.      

The most common cause of cerebral palsy is considered prematurity (birth for up to 37 weeks). In most cases, brain damage occurs during intrauterine development, and during childbirth the condition is aggravated. Sometimes the underlying cause of the disease cannot be established.

The cerebral palsy consequences

Organic damage to the nervous system entails a number of serious violations:

  • partial or complete paralysis of the limbs;      

  • disorders of arbitrary regulation of the arms and legs;      

  • involuntary, uncoordinated movements;      

  • the inability to stand, sit and walk without support;      

  • speech disorders;      

  • epileptic seizures and other convulsive conditions;      

  • mental development problems.      

Unfortunately, improper care and the lack of effective rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy leads to a complete loss of development opportunities. As they grow, complications form. These include scoliosis, joint and muscle contractures, deformities and shortening of the limbs, habitual dislocations and subluxations. This reduces the child’s ability to self-care and adapt in society.

The rehabilitation features of children and adolescents with cerebral palsy

The most important strategy of the rehabilitation process in cerebral palsy is a system for assessing the motor activity of an organism. In other words, the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy is directly dependent on the stored (existing) movement skills. In this situation, the main tasks are the elimination of pathological reflexes, the stimulation of the development of motor functions and the formation of the possibility of adequate interaction with the environment.

One of the priority areas of the Dr. Blum Physiotherapy and Biomechanics Center is a rehabilitation assistance to children and adolescents with impaired motor activity and other problems associated with brain structures damage. This is the author's technique of biomechanical child rehabilitation, aimed at normalizing the functionality of a patient with cerebral palsy.

The basis of neuromuscular correction is a combined effect on deep, not controlled by consciousness levels. It is aimed at the phased correction of a structural musculoskeletal deformities and the restoration of the motor functions of the child. Medical rehabilitation of cerebral palsy in the Dr. Blum clinic involves the sequential passage of all phases of locomotor development. This approach is significantly different from methods to increase the functionality of spastic muscles.

During rehabilitation therapy, special exercises and training complexes are used on patented rehabilitation simulators. Innovative devices identify the "weak links" of the human body and, based on the data obtained, develop individual training programs. Classes are held with the active participation of relatives and friends, and can be combined with watching cartoons or children's movies.

Dr. Blum's Method Benefits

The rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy at the Physiotherapy and Biomechanics Center has several advantages that determine progress even in the most difficult situations. Correction of motor disorders according to Dr. Blum’s original technique is:

  • an integrated individual approach to identifying and solving problems;      

  • lack of age restrictions and contraindications;      

  • interdisciplinary monitoring of the child condition;      

  • achieving a clinical effect with a low energy cost;      

  • classes in gentle eccentric mode, without active influences;      

  • regular biomechanical testing to assess the progress degree;      

  • flexible structure of rehabilitation programs;      

  • no medication or surgery.      

Successful rehabilitation of a disabled child with severe cerebral palsy form is quite possible. The main thing is not to miss the time, correctly assess the potential, make up a personal rehabilitation program and strictly follow it. Even serious motor impairment is not an indication of a lack of ability. Ask questions, make an appointment for a consultation and remember: the plasticity and reserve capabilities of the children's nervous system and musculoskeletal system are very high. And this is what determines the success of rehabilitation.

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