A thorough and holistic assessment will be carried out initially looking at muscle power, movement, sensation, balance and functional ability (sitting, standing, walking and transfers). Specific goals will be set considering the problems the patient is experiencing and how they impact on everyday life.
A goal specific treatment plan will be written and may include the following:
Hands-on treatment techniques movement facilitation and re-education, soft tissue mobilistation or massage, joint mobilisation.
Strength training with repetition and progression, using functional tasks.
Balance retraining enables a patient to improve righting reactions and improve their balance and confidence.
Vestibular rehabilitation is the training the balance centres in the brain to compensate and aim to reduce symptoms of dizziness and nausea.
Gait Re-Education and Training
Gait re-education and training is applying knowledge of biomechanics and movement to analysis walking patterns.