MND – Managing Respiratory Symptoms

What is Motor Neurone Disease (MND)? Motor neurone disease (MND) refers to a group of diseases where nerves called motor neurons, which carry messages from the brain to the muscles, are affected (MND Australia 2021). MND is progressive and over time motor neurons become damaged, leading to weakness in the muscles that allow walking, speaking, … Read more

Physiotherapy for Motor Neurone Disease

What is Motor Neurone Disease? Motor Neurone Disease (MND) refers to a group of progressive neurological disorders that destroy motor neurons. Motor neurons are cells in the brain and the spine that send the message from the brain to the muscles that help us to walk, breathe, speak and swallow. It is unclear what causes … Read more
Post-polio Syndrome

Post Polio Syndrome

Also known as the Late Effects of Polio What is Polio? Poliomyelitis, commonly known as Polio, is caused by a virus that enters the nervous system and causes paralysis by damaging nerves called motor neurons (Polio Australia, 2021). Although paralysis is the most noticeable sign of polio, very few cases ever lead to paralysis. The … Read more

Rett Syndrome

What is Rett Syndrome Rett Syndrome is a genetic, neurodevelopment disorder. It affects females almost exclusively and is caused by a genetic mutation on the X chromosome. Worldwide it occurs in 1 in every 10,000 females at birth, and is even rarer in males. Babies usually develop normally, but between 6 – 18 months gradually … Read more

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

Dance for Parkinson’s – what is Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder. A neurodegenerative disorder is when cells in the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) stop working or die. In Parkinson’s disease, a part of the brain called the substantia nigra (part of the basal ganglia) is affected. The substantia … Read more

Evidence for Physiotherapy

Have you ever wondered about the evidence for physiotherapy? In fact, how do health professionals know what they do works? When I moved with my family interstate I had to change orthodontists. The new orthodontist said he would have made a different decision on what to do with my daughter’s teeth. Who was right, and … Read more

Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

What is Myasthenia Gravis? Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder. In MG, anti-bodies destroy the communication between nerves and muscle which results in muscle weakness. MG impacts voluntary muscles (the muscles we have control over) – most commonly the muscles that control the eyes, mouth, throats and limbs. It is a rare disease, affecting … Read more

Sensation Retraining

Neurological events such as a stroke, can cause changes in feeling or sensation, with sensation retraining a tool to address this. If a stroke damages the part of the brain that processes pain, temperature, or touch, sensation changes can occur. If you have change of sensation after a stroke, you might hear your therapy team … Read more