What is Neurologic Rehabilitation?
Neurological Rehabilitation is a doctor-supervised program designed for people with diseases, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system. Neurological Rehabilitation can often improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve the well being of the patient.
The Neurologic Rehabilitation Program
A neurologic rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the pet, depending on the specific problem or disease.
The goal is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life.
In order to help reach these goals, the neurologic rehabilitation program for pets includes:
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Bladder and bowel assistance and retraining
- Activities to improve mobility, muscle control, gait(walking), and balance
- Exercise programs to improve movement, prevent or decrease weakness caused by lack of use, to increase muscle strength, and maintain range of motion
- Nutritional counseling
- Help with assistive devices (wheelchairs)
- Pain management
Neurologic Conditions Treated
Peripheral Nerve injuries
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Treatments used in Neurologic Rehabilitation
Joint traction is a form of proprioception. It occurs when there is tension, pull or traction placed on a joint. It is very important for developing body awareness. It also can be very calming for the nervous system.
Proprioception Neuromuscular Techniques
They are used to enhance and create movement in areas where the neurological system has been compromised. It is also excellent for targeting specific muscle groups, and as well as to increase flexibility. It also improves muscular strength.
Sensory Integration Techniques
Sensory integration is a natural process used by the body to interpret sensory information. Normally, the various senses work together in unison. This helps animals navigate the surroundings. Most sensory integration techniques do work on stimulating the nervous system to improve balance and proprioception.
Focuses on the abilities of the patient to carry out efficient posture and movement patterns while avoiding abnormal patterns.