What is intensive rehabilitation?
Ordinarily a weekly or bi-weekly visit to a physiotherapist combined with a prescribed home exercise plan is enough to achieve the positive recovery results the average patient both needs and expects. However, certain conditions may require a short period of intensive physiotherapy rehabilitation to set them on the right path to lasting improvement or recovery.
In such circumstances you could expect to see a physiotherapist daily for up to four hours over the period two or more weeks. This allows the physiotherapist to effect a number therapeutic benefits that wouldn't normally be possible during a typical half hour treatment session. These benefits include;
Positive reinforcement - Throughout the rehabilitation process the therapist will be able to provide constant encouragement and real time feedback on the progress you are making. The positive psychological effects of the therapists support during treatment will keep you motivated and focused, improving your potential to achieve your recovery goals.
Continual progressive correction - As you improve during the course of treatment and your symptoms or limitations change, the therapist will be able to make regular changes to you treatment or equipment. This will keep the rehabilitation as effective as possible throughout the course of treatment, maximising your potential for recovery.
Guaranteed effective participation - Most of us would find it difficult to independently keep up with hours of daily rehabilitation exercises, for a period of weeks. With intensive rehabilitation you have a guided plan of treatment that is supported by evidence to be effective. With the therapist closely monitoring and participating in the treatment there is a guaranteed level of patient compliance that will ensure you achieve your recovery goals.
Strict inhibition of unwanted movements or habits - Some rehabilitation programmes contain a comprehensive range of exercises, each one intended to achieve a specific targeted effect. Having a therapist on hand during treatment ensures you gain the maximum benefit from each exercise, by limiting unnecessary movement and keeping the treatment focused. Some treatments even utilise plaster casts or thick mitts to completely inhibit certain movements allowing increased focus on rehabilitating specific body parts or actions.
Types of intensive neurological rehabilitation
Intensive neurological rehabilitation can take a number of approaches and use a variety of techniques to produce a targeted recovery plan focused on your personal goals. Some intensive physiotherapy methods include:
- Conductive education- A unique learning experience which addresses the child as a whole to help them become more independent.
- Constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT)- Following a stroke it is common for people to forget about their affected arm and just rely on their unaffected arm. CIMT aims to reverse this pattern by restraining the unaffected arm and undertaking an intensive exercise programme to encourage use of the affected arm.
- Saebo Rehabilitation- Unique technology to allow enhanced function of an affected limb by means of an individually constructed orthosis.
- Electrotherapy - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) may be used to reduce pain and promote muscle activity.
Why choose Physio.co.uk?
Physio.co.uk can offer treatment and advice at any stage of a neurological condition; sometimes early treatment is able to slow down the progression of a condition or prevent secondary complications. Our team of experienced physiotherapists will work to establish a personalised treatment plan aimed achieving your recovery goals and improving your quality of life. Further advantages to using Physio.co.uk include:
- Sessions can take place within a fully equipped clinic or at your home.
- No waiting lists so you can be seen as soon as required.
- We are registered with all major insurance companies.
- Reports available on request.
- Hydrotherapy access if required.
- We can work alongside case managers in co-ordinating high quality care.
- Flexible appointment times - including evenings and weekends.
For more information on how intensive physiotherapy rehabilitation can help treat neurological conditions, or to book yourself an appointment, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0330 088 7800.