Polio & Post Polio Syndrome

VIM Health helps people living with post-polio syndrome by offering treatments including strength training to maximise independence and quality of life.
Polio and post Polio syndrome
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What Is Polio?

Polio is an infectious viral disease that was once very common in the UK until a successful vaccination programme completely eradicated the virus in all but two countries.

People of any age contracted the virus, although many had no symptoms or had flu-like symptoms. However, in some cases, polio was life-altering as it attacked the nervous system and weakened the muscles, causing paralysis within hours or days.

If the paralysis caused by polio affected the muscles used for breathing, the disease had the potential to be life-threatening.

Challenges Faced

Unfortunately, a polio survivor can develop post-polio syndrome, which is a non-contagious disease that strikes between 15 and 40 years after originally contracting the disease.

Some polio survivors experience minor symptoms, whereas others experience a more severe case of PPS and develop weakened muscles.

The common symptoms of post-polio syndrome include:

  • Muscle weakness, which progresses slowly and can affect mobility
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnoea (where the breathing stops and starts during sleep)

Thankfully, there are effective treatments available to ease the symptoms of PPS.

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How Can VIM Health Help?

VIM Health is an expert at providing rehabilitation programmes for people with neurological conditions or injuries.

Our skilled multi-disciplinary team, which includes high-qualified therapists, tailors treatments to suit the needs and goals of each individual. We enhance traditional hands-on therapies with the use of state-of-the-art technologies, including robotics and virtual reality.

From hands-on physiotherapy to innovative technology, such as THERA-Trainer tigo and REX, we can offer a range of treatments to help you build strength, increase joint range of movement, improve stability, reduce fatigue and manage pain.

If you would like to find out more about our PPS treatments, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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