Circle Rehabilitation helps people with neurological conditions who require rehabilitation. These conditions range from Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke and acquired brain injury (ABI), and each one presents its own unique demands and challenges.
Effective and structured rehabilitation is crucial to improving and enhancing the quality of life for each person that we see and one of the ways we help people is with proprioception rehabilitation.
Proprioception is your body’s ability to sense movement, enabling it to know where your limbs are in space without having to look. It is important for all everyday movements, but especially for movements where precise coordination is required.
Usually this ability to sense the movement and position of our body is at a subconscious level. Following a neurological illness or disease some people experience a problem with their proprioception; for example, their body is not moving how they thought or expected, or they need to frequently look at their body or limbs to know where they are.
Proprioception rehabilitation is designed to improve and restore lost function.
The aim of proprioception rehabilitation is to get people moving safely and efficiently, while becoming more aware of their body. Movements many take for granted, such as sitting on a chair or walking along a pavement, can be incredibly challenging to a person who has reduced proprioceptive capacity.
By re-learning how to sense the body’s time in space and time, a person can discover a renewed ability to move their body. The importance of this ability from the perspective of impact on life cannot be overestimated.
Your proprioception rehabilitation at Circle will normally be carried out by a physiotherapist, working alongside an occupational therapist.
There are a variety of ways this specialised rehabilitation can be carried out:
Deep pressure can be relaxing and calming, helping the central nervous system to process sensory information. A deep massage can be useful to stimulate muscles and nerves that are less active in someone with a neurological condition.
Increased sensory input has been shown to be highly effective in helping develop proprioceptive ability, and we use a number of ways to ‘bombard’ the senses to encourage progress.
Contrast bathing: One method sometimes used is to place the affected limb alternately between warm and cool water baths. This can aid proprioception rehabilitation by stimulating the central nervous system. At Circle Rehabilitation this is carried out under the expert supervision of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
The sense of touch is a key part of proprioceptive ability and we have a number of special boxes that contain a number of different textures. By feeling these different textures, a patient can start to learn how to sense things with their body again.
All rehabilitation carried out at Circle is focused on helping you to regain as much function as possible. For some patients, this may a relatively simple process, while for others who have experienced a significant illness the process may be much longer and more involved. Our aim is to meet people at the level they are currently at and then give them the tools, the techniques, the practice and the support they need to progress and improve.
Should you have suffered a neurological disorder or disease and would appreciate help with your rehabilitation, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.
Our highly-experienced therapists, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, will expertly guide you through training exercises, support and care tailored just for you in order to restore function and proprioceptive ability and awareness.
A loss in your proprioceptive ability can be frustrating and disempowering. Effective rehabilitation can be of enormous benefit, so do contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.