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

Mental Practice Physiotherapy

What is Mental Practice and how does it work? Mental practice is when you imagine yourself performing a task or movement. It has also been described as the practice of physical activity without any muscular movements. It is also called mental imagery or motor imagery. When you do mental practice, there is activity in the … Read more

Balance Exercises Can be Fun

Why do we need to do balance exercises? Last week we looked at how our balance system works, this week we will look at how balance exercises can be fun. Our body processes information from our eyes, our inner ear system and our somatosensory system (knowing where our body is in space) to help us … Read more

eTrike – How can I trial an eTrike?

What are the benefits of an eTrike In the previous post, we had a look at what an eTrike is, and what the benefits are. The e-trike can help people fulfil their daily chores, increase feelings of independence, increase productivity as well as provide exercise and therapy which has been shown to improve mobility, and … Read more

E-trike – What is an e-Trike?

The impact of neurological conditions. Nearly 1 in 6 of the world’s population suffer from a neurological condition (World Health Organisation, 2006), with every person being impacted differently. The same condition can even effect people in different ways. In our role, we see first-hand how neurological conditions impact people’s lives. Many people we see find … Read more

Therapist placing electrical stimulation electrodes on a clients leg.

Electrical Stimulation – A Useful Tool

What is Electrical Stimulation or E-Stim? Electrical stimulation (commonly referred to as E-stim) is assistive technology that uses an electrical current to move weak or paralysed muscles. You will feel tingling in your skin and muscles, but it is not painful. Electrodes placed on the skin receive electrical signals from a small unit. This then … 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