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Neuro Rehab Services with Stephanie McCann Physiotherapist and Neuro Rehabilitation in VancouverNeurological Rehabilitation in Vancouver

Firstly, what is neurological rehabilitation?

The definition of “Neurological Rehabilitation” is a professionally supervised progressive program of exercises designed for people with diseases, trauma after accidents, or disorders of the nervous system for a variety of medical reasons. Neurological rehabilitation by gentle and progressive development is often able to improve function of limbs and movement, reduce severity of a recovering patients symptoms, and to improve the overall well-being of the patient and their quality of life.

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What Specific medical conditions can benefit from neurological rehabilitation?

Injuries, infections, degenerative diseases, structural defects, tumors, and disorders in the circulatory system can all impair the regular functioning of a person’s central nervous system. This can result in a combination of reduced or uncontrolled physical movement and varying degrees of pain or discomfort impacting on their ability to function or enjoy life to the full. Some of the conditions that may benefit from neurological rehabilitation may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Vascular (otherwise called circulatory) disorders, such as ischemic strokes (caused by blood clots), hemorrhagic strokes (caused by bleeding in the brain – sometimes brought about by trauma), transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) & subdural hematoma.
  • Infections, such as polio, meningitis, encephalitis, & all manner of brain abscesses.
  • Skeletal or neuromuscular disorders, such as Bell palsy, cervical spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, brain or spinal cord tumors, peripheral neuropathy, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis & Guillain-Barré syndrome.
  • Trauma, such as severe concussive non-intrusive injuries, or intrusive brain and spinal cord injury.
  • Functional disorders, such as serious & persistent headaches, seizure disorders & epilepsy, dizziness & neuralgia.
  • Degenerative disorders & diseases, such as Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, Multiple Sclerosis (or MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), & Huntington Chorea.

So What is Neuro Physiotherapy in Vancouver, Where can I find a specialist Physiotherapist & How Does it Help?

We offer a speciality Physiotherapy service with a specific skill-set for helping individuals with conditions impacting the nervous system such as strokes, brain injury or spinal traumas. Stephanie works with clients using her combined Pilates and Physiotherapy skills to increase balance, decrease effort for everyday functions and maximize comfort in all aspects of physical mobility and performance.

Stephanie is passionate about improving her client’s overall functional ability and transferring the postures and exercises used in Pilates to improve their activities of daily living. She has linked the foundations of the Bobath approach to those used in Pilates and plans to continue her development in Neuro Rehab through the Bobath technique.

The focus, through the use of Neuro Physiotherapy and Pilates based exercises is to enhance quality of life by assisting their clients to return to meaningful roles within their home, social setting, recreation and workplace. They recognize the importance of liaising with different community team members and providing rehabilitation in a wide variety of settings such as the clinic, home, gym or community centre.

What is a Neurological Physiotherapy Program?

A neurological rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending on the specific problem or disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.

The goal of neurological rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life — physically, emotionally, and socially.

After an initial assessment session to identify the areas in need of improvement and to discuss with the client and/or their family their suggested treatment program, visits are generally 75-minutes in duration, and they are all spent one on one with your dedicated physiotherapist.

In order to help reach improvement goals, neurological rehabilitation programs may include the following:

  • Activities to improve mobility (movement), muscle control, gait (walking), and balance.
  • Exercise programs to improve movement, prevent or decrease weakness caused by lack of use, manage spasticity and pain, and maintain range of motion.
  • Activities to improve cognitive impairments, such as problems with concentration, attention, memory, and poor judgment.

Stephanie looks forward to hearing from you and working with you to improve your mobility and quality of life through an individually tailored program of Physiotherapy and Stotts Pilates – contact her by email contact form here

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