Cerebral palsy is a lifelong set of movement disorders with no cure. There are, however, many options for either retraining patients with cerebral palsy or supplying some kind of relief for individuals with cerebral palsy. Among the more untraditional yet commonly sought after types of treatment for cerebral palsy is visiting a chiropractor which specializes in patients with cerebral palsy.
There is no clear reason behind the development of cerebral palsy. In most cases, though, it is believed to be caused by some injury shortly before, during, and after pregnancy. This injury is to the unborn embryo or the baby after it is delivered. Many cases of cerebral palsy are being found to have happened during the delivery process. Lack of oxygen and/or failure to detect fetal distress are all believed to be the most common reasons for the development of cerebral palsy. As previously mentioned, individuals with cerebral palsy can benefit from a variety of treatment options, including chiropractic care, rehabilitation and neuromuscular reeducation.
Chiropractic Care and Cerebral Palsy
Chiropractic techniques are a sort of healthcare which uses spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, together with other treatment procedures, in order to aid a person’s body in adapting to a more normal position. In patients with cerebral palsy, different body parts can and are generally affected, such as one or both arms and legs, and chiropractic care may be helpful in assisting those limbs regain some semblance of strength, mobility and flexibility.
Additionally, because cerebral palsy is generally believed to be caused by a brain injury, chiropractic treatment methods can be used in healing other, less noticeable, aspects of the motor disease. Behind the doctrine of chiropractic healing lays the idea that the brain and central nervous system control all facets of the body’s functioning. The concept of chiropractic care is that by correcting health issues and symptoms around the central area of the spine, the extremities as well as other areas of the body can regain some stability.
With the rise of “unconventional” medical clinics, chiropractic care has also turned into one of the most popular types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine techniques. In 2004, a report revealed that chiropractic was in the top five kinds of complementary and alternative therapies used for the treatment of a variety of injuries and/or conditions in the United States, including cerebral palsy.
When utilized as an alternative treatment option for cerebral palsy, chiropractic techniques could assist in helping to improve some of the problematic symptoms associated with the movement disorder, including reducing muscle spasms, seizures, and arm and leg issues. As research on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the safe and effective treatment of many health issues comes to light, there are more encouraging signals for the growth of a successful course of action for individuals with cerebral palsy.
Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Insight
As a qualified and experienced chiropractor in the treatment of a variety of injuries and/or conditions, including genetic neuromuscular disorders, many of our patients with cerebral palsy have experienced tremendous improvements in their quality of life through chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can provide assistance in the improvement of several range of motion aspects associated with cerebral palsy as well as offer significant relief of other symptoms related to this movement disorder. Patients with cerebral palsy currently receiving chiropractic care have experienced improved mobility and an improved gait or ability to walk, including restored sleeping habits. Our treatment methods for patients with cerebral palsy include, upper thoracic pain release, full-body mobility exercises, where multiple joint complexes are moved to increase range of motion, and two-men protocols, to safely and effectively assist the individual throughout their treatment process.
Rehabilitation and Cerebral Palsy
You will find an assortment of rehabilitation alternatives for individuals and children with cerebral palsy. Some are dependent on which kind of cerebral palsy the patient has. Each one of the rehabilitations, however, usually center on creating a few important regions of improvement including physical motion and coordination, language, vision, and intellectual development. Cerebral palsy rehabilitation will invariably involve some type of long-term physical therapy, or physiotherapy. These slight exercises will often involve stretching the individual’s range of motion and to concentrate primarily on developing fundamental motor abilities.
Ongoing treatments and options are becoming more available that could make life with cerebral palsy better. Most rehabilitation centers and treatments use some mix of physical therapy, biofeedback, occupational and speech therapy, occasional use of drugs and/or medications, and on rare cases even surgery.Â There are several techniques touted in the field of cerebral palsy rehabilitation, such as the Bobath technique. The Bobath technique centers on positive reinforcement of voluntary movements on the individual’s part and on gradual physical conditioning. The physical therapy may also include external aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, braces, and how to use them for maximum mobility.
Neuromuscular Reeducation and Cerebral Palsy
Chiropractors handle a number of soft-tissue injuries. Unstable or injured muscles can become a source of chronic pain. The only way to remedy the challenge is by dividing those scar tissues and supporting the body to heal in healthy ways. Neuromuscular reeducation accomplishes this in several ways, for example, exercises, deep-tissue massage and vibration therapy.
Exercises for neuromuscular reeducation are often a part of chiropractic care or other rehabilitation program which focuses on helping to improve various adverse conditions that occur from faulty nerve and muscle activities. Neuromuscular reeducation is particularly beneficial for unnatural movement patterns. The purpose of neuromuscular reeducation is to improve balance, coordination, posture and proprioception involving a natural mind-body connection.Â Neuromuscular reeducation exercises aim to restore natural movement patterns, optimize joint biomechanics and reduce pain that may result from neuromuscular deficiencies.
Neuromuscular reeducation exercises include a variety of functional strengthening, stretching, balancing and coordination activities. Practitioners that administer these exercises encourage patients to focus on joint positioning and movement.Â A variety of stretching and bending movements on an exercise ball also have neuromuscular applications.
Whole body vibration (WBV) treatment is also helpful in the treatment of many physical conditions. WBV lowers inflammation, builds muscle, increases flexibility and breaks apart scar tissues and fused bone fragments. The technology is used to treat an endless number of injuries, along with ailments like scoliosis and cerebral palsy.
As vibrations affect your body, your muscles engage and relax in rapid success in an effort to enhance your movements. This burst of activity helps to break apart these deep scar tissues. The process also can help promote healthy recovery by placing your muscle bands under short spurts of increased stress. For the identical reason, Whole body vibration, or WBV, is very effective in increasing bone density and muscle mass.
In addition, when guided by a trained therapist, you may use vibration treatment to reeducate your muscles on how to respond to stimulation without getting hurt. Partly, While a lot of the process is occurring beneath the surface, WBV may require the individual to perform specific work in the clinic or on their own. This takes a combination of unconscious muscle training and altering habits to protect vulnerable areas while building strength and enhancing mobility and flexibility. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
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