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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) – What is it?

How common is MS? The 30th of May is World MS day. Like me, you may have grown up doing the MS read-a-thon, or have heard of the disease Multiple Sclerosis. It’s estimated that 2.8 million people around the world have MS, with worldwide data suggesting there has been an increase in the number of … Read more

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

May is a month to raise awareness for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIPD). What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy CIPD is similar to Guillain-Barre Syndrome but can last for longer periods of time. It is a progressive disease where the bodies immune system attacks itself. The nerves that branch out from the brain and the … Read more

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

May is Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy awareness month so the next two blogs will be discussing these conditions. Let’s start with GBS or Guillain-Barre Syndrome.   What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome GBS is a rare lower motor neuron disorder where your body’s immune system, which usually only attacks invading organisms, mistakenly attacks your … Read more

Post-Concussion Syndrome

What is post-concussion syndrome? A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. It occurs following trauma to the head and causes your brain to move slightly within the skull. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a collection of symptoms which may occur after a concussion. Not everyone who experiences a concussion will experience PCS, in fact most … Read more

Aquatic Physiotherapy for Stroke

Aquatic Physiotherapy for Stroke Rehabilitation

What is aquatic physiotherapy? Aquatic physiotherapy for stroke is popular, but what exactly is it? In aquatic physiotherapy you will do exercises in the pool under the guidance of your physiotherapist. The properties of water including buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity, and thermodynamics have been shown to provide a therapeutic environment to help reduce pain, increase … Read more

Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease 

What is Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s Disease is a movement disorder caused by damage to the nerve cells that produce dopamine, a chemical that helps the body coordinate movement. Parkinson’s impacts an estimated 100,000 in Australia, with 38 people being diagnosed every day.    Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease and symptoms slowly develop and progress over … Read more

Physiotherapy for Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

What is Functional Neurological Disorder? Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) are the most common cause of neurological disability. FND is a collection of symptoms that cannot be explained by any disease process or damage to the brain and nerves. Imagine your body is a computer. The hardware (in this case the brain and nerves) are working … Read more

Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis

What is Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases. There is no single cause for MS, however, evidence shows genetic and environmental factors may be contributing factors.. In MS, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the protective sheath (called the myelin) that surrounds the nerves in … Read more