Neurological Rehabilitation

Overview of our Neurology System

In a nutshell, our neurology system detects what’s happening inside and outside of us; then relays the information and enables a quick and smooth response. This is done via neural pathways linking the brain with the body via the spinal cord. The linkage is very complicated.

Our brain is the centre of our neurological system. It not only generates the signals to move the body but also modifies the signals to refine those movements. The brain also senses messages from our different body parts and relays these messages to our muscles so that we move towards or away from the stimulus.

The brain and inner ear not only detect the position of our head, joints and muscles; they also work smoothly with our spinal reflexes that automatically kick in to adjust the tone in our muscles as we change position.

Our brain also stores and retrieves memories; and runs our background life support systems without us having to remember to, for example, breathing and regulating circulation. Our spinal cord connects the brain with the body.

Most of this generation and adjustment of movement normally happens automatically without us having to give it a second thought.

Injury to, or degeneration of, any of these parts of the system can cause problems. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity and location of the damage, but essentially when there is a neurological problem, what used to be automatic, becomes something that needs a lot more thought and energy to do.

Understanding the basic structure and function can help to explain the symptoms which can vary from occasional difficulties with co-ordination and balance, to full-blown paralysis. Here at Adams Neuro Physiotherapy Ltd we have many years of experience of dealing with both subtle and complex neurological problems. We give clear guidance as to what will help and what’s a realistic plan of action.

Rehabilitation is based on the principles of forming new neural pathways, and reinforcing them by repetition wherever possible. This healing process is called Plasticity ; and by Adapting to the deficit and finding other ways to do things when Plasticity has reached its limit. Both the processes of Plasticity and Adaptation have been shown to work much better when the person can be helped, taught and encouraged to do things for themselves throughout the day. This is why we prefer to see people in their own environment, so we can customise our approach to each individual’s goals, and help them to be as independent as possible in and around their own home.

To speak to a member of our team, call us now on 01924 782149 or email info@adamsneurophysio.org.uk