Cerebral Palsy

VIM Health offers a range of innovative treatments designed to increase the independence of those living with Cerebral Palsy and reduce the chances of later deterioration.
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What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term for damage to the immature and developing brain that can affect movement, muscle tone and muscle strength. Damage to the brain can occur whilst the baby remains in utero or at any time up until the age of two years old. As a result of this, the symptoms and function of each child or adult can vary significantly.

In many cases, the exact cause of cerebral palsy is not clear. But common causes of the condition include:

  • Bleeding to the brain or lack of oxygen to the brain of an unborn baby
  • Infection caught by the mother during pregnancy
  • Oxygen supply to the brain getting temporarily cut off during birth
  • Meningitis as a baby
  • A serious head injury as a baby

Cerebral Palsy affects around 1 in 400 children in the UK. There is currently no cure, however, there is a wide range of treatments that enable people living with cerebral palsy to be as active and independent as possible.

Challenges Faced

Just as the cause of cerebral palsy varies greatly, so do the symptoms. Some people may only have minor symptoms that are easily manageable. Whereas others may have life-altering symptoms leaving them severely disabled.

Common symptoms of cerebral palsy include:

  • Stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (causing jerky or clumsy movements
  • Weak arms and legs
  • Lack of balance and muscle coordination
  • Difficulties walking, such as walking on tiptoes or with a crouched gait
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills
  • Difficulty with speaking, eating and swallowing
  • Learning difficulties

Although cerebral palsy is a non-progressive disorder which means the symptoms of each person should not change. We know that in people with CP the added energy expenditure and strains on the body over a person’s lifetime may lead to new issues in adulthood.

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How Can VIM Health Help?

Although the condition can limit an individual’s activities and independence throughout their life, there is a wide range of amazing treatments available that can greatly improve their quality of life.

Here at VIM Health, we offer a range of cutting-edge treatments for people living with neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy.

Our wide range of treatment programmes includes the use of innovative rehabilitation technology and VR, which is used alongside traditional therapies led by a multi-dispensary team of experts. Examples of the services used to treat the symptoms of cerebral palsy at VIM Health include:

  • Neurological Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • Lower Limb Rehabilitation Supported By State-Of-The-Art Robotics And Virtual Reality Gaming
  • Upper Limb Rehabilitation Supported By State-Of-The-Art Robotics And Virtual Reality Gaming
  • Gym Introductions and Training @ VIM Gym Locations
  • Spasticity Management Service
  • Balance and Falls Therapy

Each individual will receive a tailormade treatment programme designed to meet their specific needs and help them achieve their goals. If you would like to find out more about our treatments for cerebral palsy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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