What is Intensive Physiotherapy?
At Therapy Stars we offer an Intensive Physiotherapy service at our Clinic in Penley. Intensive programmes offer daily Physiotherapy for your child so that they are receiving high intensity therapy over a shorter period of time. These programmes can be tailored to the needs of your child, so may include 1 or 2 hours of Physiotherapy per day.
Intensive Physiotherapy can be beneficial for many children. You may decide that Intensive sessions fit in better with your child’s school holidays, they may be post-surgery, or it may allow them to work towards a specific goal in a more focused, motivated way.
Evidence has shown that Intensive programmes can help to improve motor skills that can then be carried forward. They have also shown to be effective for children who need to master or become more secure in a certain skill, particularly if you feel this skill is holding them back from making further developments.
If your child/young adult is new to Therapy Stars, they will require a full assessment prior to undertaking an Intensive programme. Your Physiotherapist will then discuss and work with you and your child to plan the Physiotherapy goals and sessions in order to achieve the most effective outcomes.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure that aims to significantly reduce spasticity in children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Spasticity interferes with normal movement and development, so can result in long term limitations and abnormal movements developing over time.
SDR is fast becoming an accepted part of spasticity management for many children with CP. It involves sectioning (cutting) some of the sensory nerve fibres in order to permanently reduce the spasticity that is present.
For children who are undergoing SDR surgery, pre and post-operative Physiotherapy is essential in order to maximise muscle strength and function. Intensive Physiotherapy can be beneficial for increasing muscle strength and length both before and after SDR. Children can often learn new skills that were not possible prior to the reduction of spasticity. Improvements in motor function are most noticeable in the first 6 months post-surgery but can continue for at least 2 years after SDR has been performed.
Our Physiotherapists have extensive experience and knowledge of both Pre and Post-operative SDR Physiotherapy. We can offer intensive Physiotherapy programmes aimed at preparing and rehabilitating your child before/after SDR surgery.
For more information, please contact us or book one of our Complimentary Physiotherapy Phone Consultations to find out how we can support you and your child.
I honestly can’t quite believe the difference in how S is walking, and how much more defined and strong his knee looks now. Clare was so kind and patient and fun and adaptable when S lost focus or mentioned something he was interested in. She’d adapt the exercises to make it interesting for him. Her experience was evident.