Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy physio treatment and rehabilitation at home in London or in our private paediatric physiotherapy practice in Moorgate, Belgravia and Clapham covered by Axa, Bupa, Cigna and WPA health insurances.

What is cerebral palsy?Baby cerebral palsy physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation, neuromotor physiotherapy in London

Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement and posture caused by a permanent and non-progressive cerebral lesion acquired early in brain development. It is often complicated by other neurological and learning difficulties.

Babies have great difficulties to control their movements (sometimes hypertonic, sometimes hypotonic). It is then very difficult for babies to acquire milestones at normal pace without stimulation and exercises.

Baby neuro physiotherapy is very important for children with cerebral palsy. Stimulation and learning the correct movement to reach milestones are key factors for your baby to be more independent in the future.

The earliest the therapist can start stimulation and milestones exercises on your baby, the more chance your child will have to learn how to use their muscles.


 

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment which suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.


Paediatric neuro physiotherapist in London specialised in children and babies with cerebral palsy

Our paediatric neuro-physio has over 20 years experience in treating babies & children with neurological disabilities like hypotonia or cerebral palsy. Our paediatric physio has many post-graduate trainings and diplomas in order to use different baby rehabilitation and stimulation techniques, to give to your infant the best outcome possible.

Cerebral Palsy physio treatment and rehabilitation at home in London or in our private paediatric physiotherapy practice in Moorgate, Belgravia and Clapham covered by Axa, Bupa, Cigna and WPA health insurances

It can be difficult for mums to bring their baby with cerebral palsy at the practice, that is why we have made the choice to offer home visits in London for children with cerebral palsy. It is also great for babies to be treated in their own environment, which is a plus for their stimulation.

But for parents who prefer to visit us in our private paediatric physio practice, our team of highly trained paediatric physiotherapists & osteopaths provide treatments at our practices in London:

  • Light Centre Belgravianear Victoria Station: 9 Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LX
  • Light Centre Moorgatenear Moorgate, Monument Liverpool Street: 114 London Wall, EC2M 5QA
  • Make Me Feel Pharmacy Claphambetween Clapham South Clapham Common: 25 Abbeville Road, SW4 9LA

Alternatively, we can also organise paediatric online video sessions.

Our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA PPP), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised

For Cerebral Palsy Physiotherapy & Osteopathy treatment in London: 0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765

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Developmental Delay

Neuro physiotherapy can grandly help babies and children with developmental delays such as late crawling or late walking, by developing an effective rehabilitation plan with long term improvement.

Neuromotor Physiotherapy

Neuro physiotherapy can benefit babies and children with neurological impairment (cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, brain inury) by helping their motor development and teaching them how to cope with their condition.


More information on cerebral palsy in babies and physiotherapy rehabilitation in London

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

In the neonatal period, cerebral palsy may be suspected if a baby has difficulty sucking, irritability, convulsions, or an abnormal neurological examination.

The diagnosis is usually made later in the first year when the following features emerge. • Abnormalities of tone: Initially the tone may be reduced, but eventually spasticity develops.

  • Delay in motor development: Such as marked head lag, delays in sitting and rolling over.
  • Abnormal patterns of development: Movements are not only delayed, but also abnormal in quality.
  • Persistence of primitive reflexes: Such as the Moro, grasp and asymmetric tonic neck reflex.

How does cerebral palsy affect baby’s life?

Cerebral palsy, if severe, places particularly heavy demands in terms of time and input from the family and therapy team. Everyday tasks such as dressing and bathing take time, and feeding, in particular, may take hours each day. The child also needs regular physiotherapy at home, and needs to attend appointments, both for medical follow-up and therapy. In view of this the family needs support, often beyond what family and friends can supply. Voluntary and social service agencies can provide babysitting, respite care and financial support.

Some children with milder forms of cerebral palsy can usually cope at school with minor learning difficulties. Physical access must be addressed.

How do physios rehabilitate cerebral palsy?

Child with cerebral palsy will need regular physiotherapy to stimulate his muscles and improve coordination of their movement in order to give them the best chance for their future life.

Cerebral palsy physiotherapy will always start with a neuro baby assessment of your baby as well as with an orthopaedic assessment to understand precisely which muscle, movement and coordination must be stimulated and improved.

Over time, physiotherapy will help your child get more control of their movements, relax muscles that are spastic while strengthening their muscles that are hypotonic, in order to give your baby a better muscular balance and so a better control of their movement.

While helping your baby having better control of their movement, our paediatric neuro physiotherapy will also help your baby reaching the necessary milestones at their own pace.

Physiotherapists advise on handling and mobilisation are very important, but the involvement or the family is crucial for babies who need constant stimulation and care. The family will be taught how to handle the child in daily activities such as feeding, carrying, dressing and bathing in ways that limit the effects of abnormal muscle tone.

They are also taught a series of exercises to prevent the development of deforming contractures. The physiotherapist may also advice on a variety of aids, such as firm boots, lightweight splints and walking frames for the child when beginning to walk.