Neurological physical therapy

At Instituto Clavel we offer neurological physical therapy for the treatment of nervous system disorders.

What is neurological physical therapy?

Neurological physical therapy uses various techniques to treat alterations of the nervous system with the goal of improving mobility and the patient’s quality of life.

When the nervous systems suffers damage, there is a window of time of neuroplasticity, in which new connections occur. Taking advantage of this time to rehabilitate with stimulation and guided exercises is very important for recovering lost or decreased ability to perform certain movements.

At IC Rehabilitation we base our treatments on clinical reasoning in neurophysical therapy informed by our constant collaboration with neurosurgeons at Instituto Clavel. In this way we are able to determine the best therapeutic options for each patient.

Which neurological pathologies do we treat at Instituto Clavel Rehabilitation?

Physical therapy and neurological rehabilitation techniques are aimed at people with nervous system disorders, especially movement disorders. The goal is to improve their quality of life, minimize after-effects, and treat any underlying problems.

The main pathologies that we treat in IC Rehabilitation are peripheral or neuromuscular neurological disorders. Some of these disorders arise as a result of a pinched nerve, and in other cases, such as complex regional pain syndrome and brachial plexus injuries, the problem starts from an injury.

This specialization is also useful for treatment of chronic pain, fibromyalgia and complex back problems.

What are the symptoms of nerve injuries?

Peripheral nerves are those that are located outside the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral nerve disorders distort or disrupt messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms usually begin gradually and then get worse. Among the symptoms are the following:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Burning or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to touch

How do we treat nerve injuries at Instituto Clavel Rehabilitation?

In our center we address each patient’s case in a completely personalized way to determine the most appropriate recovery treatment, and we accompany the patient throughout the process. These are some of the techniques we use most often in our center:

Passive therapy:

Consists of specific manual manipulations or exercises that keep the affected muscles and joints active. Physical therapy can prevent stiffness, spasticity, help restore function and feeling. We can use techniques such as neurodynamics or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation or proprioceptive and sensory stimulation, among others. There are complementary methods such as bobath, perfetti, brünnstrom, vojta, kabat, etc., which can be useful depending on the cases.

Therapeutic neurological exercise:

These are exercises that help preserve range of motion, muscle tone and sensitivity to touch. They also improve balance and gait, increase strength, and control pain. After each session in the center, we prescribe exercises to do at home that help maintain the work we do and improve the results. In this way we encourage the patient to be a fully active participant in their recovery process

Neuromuscular bandage or kinesio taping:

This practice consists of wrapping with a thin, highly elastic, cotton bandage capable of stretching up to 130% its original length. It can be useful to relieve pain or swelling in an inflamed area, or to increase the stability of some part of the body, among other things.

Electrical stimulator:

Through electrostimulation and/or electropuncture that penetrates to the muscle with sterilized filaments, you can reduce pain, improve strength, normalize muscle tone and range of motion, as well as help recover skin sensitivity.

Prescription for orthopedic materials:

As specialists in physical therapy for the spine, at IC Rehabilitation we can provide reports documenting the patient’s needs, and recommend specific adaptive orthopedic and ergonomic material needed to minimize risk of injury in their job, to help maintain the proper position, increase the patient's comfort and facilitate their mobility.

Link to reports


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