Progressive Conditions

Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease are examples of Progressive Neurological Conditions where there is a progressive deterioration in functioning. This progression may be gradual over many years/decades or more rapidly over weeks and months. These disorders are likely to affect the individual for the rest of their life and therefore we work with all ages and all stages of these Neurodegenerative diseases. Some of the most common on these conditions are:

Parkinson’s Disease (PD):

At NeuroABLE we offer people with Parkinson’s the opportunity to develop confidence, control and the ability to live the best life possible. Through the use of neuroplastic training principles we can re-wire and re-train the brain. This equates to long-term change and long-term gain. Naturally the earlier you start this treatment approach after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the more effective it will be in helping you live a better quality life and slow progression of your symptoms. However we have the experience and expertise to help make meaningful changes at any stage of the disease.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS): 

Multiple Sclerosis can present with a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, weakness, sensory changes, pain, spasticity, poor balance, reduced mobility, heat sensitivity, vestibular deficits, visual disturbances, bladder and bowel changes all resulting in a reduced quality of life. As every person has a unique presentation of these symptoms, an individualised approach with an experienced neurological physiotherapist is paramount. If you have Multiple Sclerosis and are affected by fatigue, exercise is probably the last thing you want to think about. Research however shows how beneficial it is, so we will teach you the right way to exercise with Multiple Sclerosis and avoid increased fatigue, giving you the confidence to overcome barriers and enjoy your life. 

Dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s): Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities (executive functioning) that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia often impacts a person’s ability to move around and participate in activities of daily living. Each person with dementia will experience the condition differently, but some of the physical problems associated with dementia include slower reaction time, weaker muscles, poor co-ordination, trouble doing more than one thing at a time and balance problems, including falls. Dementia can also have indirect physical consequences. Research has shown that physiotherapy can help improve the quality of life and independence through partnering with people living with dementia to maximise their physical wellbeing through a wellness and enablement approach. At NeuroABLE we are expert in prescribing tailored, purposeful and meaningful activities and exercises. We can work with clients individually or as part of a comprehensive inter-disciplinary team to support the physical and cognitive needs of people living with dementia and achieve positive outcomes. 

Don’t worry if you have a less common condition, we have the expertise to treat you no matter your symptoms. 

Other conditions may include:

Huntington’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Degeneration, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, ALS, Motor Neuron Disease, Dystonias, Stiff Person Syndrome, Post-Polio Syndrome, and many more…

We are proactive in our management of progressive conditions and are committed to helping people manage their condition long term. All our interventions are individualised and person centred, using a range of interventions including targeted exercises, equipment and management strategies for you and you carers.

Assessment can be undertaken in our clinic or at home. Your needs and goals will be identified, as well as impairments and barriers. Recommendations and the benefits of various options  are discussed with you and your carers to tailor a plan for you to maximize your potential. 

The good news is that exercise can not only be an important tool for improving your function and quality of life but research has shown it can actually slow down progression of a range of these neurodegenerative diseases.At NeuroABLE we understand that this is a journey and some days, feeling great again may seem impossible. However we will always be there to ‘enable your potential,’ help keep you motivated and on track so that you can celebrate every small win with those you love