Neurological disorders are issues of the central and peripheral nervous systems, meaning a dysfunction of an individual’s brain, spinal cord, or nerves. The condition can often affect gait patterns, functional mobility, flexibility, and muscle strength. Some neurological conditions that we treat at Progression PT of Princeton are: Post-concussion, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism, Stroke (CVA), and other Balance Disorders. Impairments due to a neurological condition can be small or large and can have a varying impact on an individual’s functional mobility.
How do you treat neurological conditions?
The goal when treating a neurological disorder is to restore as much of the patient’s mobility as possible to allow them more freedom of movement throughout their environment with decreased risk for falls, injury, or pain. We tailor our care to each patient and we work with each patient to create and reach realistic goals.
Our focus is specifically on gaining improvements in balance, posture, strengthening, flexibility, and functional mobility. We place particular emphasis on helping to make activities of daily living easier and safer to perform. We provide patient, family, caregiver, and friend education regarding the specific condition, an effective and safe home exercise program for flexibility and functional strengthening, and manual therapy for pain control as needed.
Manual therapy is an essential part of treatment for neurological disorders. Many of these disorders result in muscle tightness because the patient has limited mobility or, because muscle tightness is part of the disorder. Manual therapy includes manual muscle stretching and soft tissue mobilization. These techniques allow for improved muscle and soft tissue flexibility, helping to reduce pain and improved ease of functional mobility.