Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease affecting the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The body’s communication system to the muscles therefore gradually stops working – causing muscle weakness and reduced function.
MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order. There is currently no cure for MND, however, Neurological Physiotherapy can help keep you mobile, maintain your quality of life and maximise your independence for as long as possible.
Physiotherapy to maintain muscle strength, joint range of movement, optimise mobility and positioning, and reduce pain. Respiratory physiotherapy to help with breathing and chest clearance.
Occupational therapy - An OT can assist with the activities of daily living, adaptations and equipment for home.
Speech and language therapy - A SLT can assist with communication and facilitating safe feeding and swallowing
Dietician - Can provide advice on modifications to diet and nutritional support
Psychological support - Support for the individual, family and carers.
Medical management - Prescribes and monitors medication to ease muscle spasms, saliva problems and pain.
As the disease progresses, breathing and ventilation support may be necessary.
PhysioFunction’s highly specialised neurological physiotherapists, therapy assistants, sports therapists, personal trainers and OT are able to deliver tailored programs for clients who have MND.
Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes: