Spasiticity is very common in MS and is the result of an imbalance in the central nervous system caused by the disease affecting the brain and/or spinal. These involuntary muscle contractions cause muscle spasms and stiffness, which, over time may lead to decreased range of motion of the arms or legs. This limitation of range of motion can affect the ability to take care of ones daily needs (e.g. maintain hand and axilla hygiene and ability to dress) and affect the ability to weight bear and walk.
Although HSP, also known as Familial Spastic Paraplegia (FSP), is very rare it presents with common symptoms of spasticity, loss of sensation and weakness, especially in the lower legs. This can lead to difficulties with walking and balancing. At the cellular level there is a breakdown in the transportation channels in the nerves which can be especially evident in the longer nerves of the legs. It can also effect some of the smaller nerves in the brain that affect thinking, hearing, vision and can occasionally cause epilepsy.
The Dictus Band is a simple orthopedic aid, used to assist people with foot clearance and mainly intended for foot drop. The active part is an elastic band, which lifts the front of the foot in an upward position.
Thank you all for your business and support during 2010 and we look forward to working with you all in 2011!!!
Inspired to see what is available in the private neurological sector down in Melbourne, I headed down for a sticky beak of three fantastic neurological facilities. First stop was to vist Darren & Shehan Pereira's practice, Neuromuscular Orthotics located in Mt Waverley, then on to visit Sue Vincent at Neuro Rehab just up the road and finally over to Elsternwick Private Hospital to chat with Beth Kirkwood about the Movement Disorder's clinic.
Overall, it was a very insightful trip and wonderful opportunity to meet other practitioners who are also passionate about providing quality neurological services and to see what they are doing and also to re-affirm what we are doing in Sydney!
Polio Australia hosted the first Polio Health & Wellness Retreat in Sydney between April 15th-17th. Styled as a networking, education and wellness experience, the weekend was a huge success with over 70 participants attending from all over Australia. Advance Rehab Centre team willingly gave their time to present on six workshop topics and also provided subsidised consultations for orthotics, massage, acupuncture and occupational therapy.
Joy was diagnosed with Poliomyelitis at 23 years old, after serving in the Army in World War II. She was initially paralyzed from the neck down, then left with residual arm and leg weakness. Joy has not been able to climb stairs with-out pulling herself up using her arms for many years. Since she started coming to our circuit classes, Joy is now able to walk comfortably up stairs without using her hands for sup-port. Joy says her improvements are “better than winning the lottery!” Joy remains highly motivated and is thrilled with the improvements she has made. Well done Joy!
H200 BIONESS Hand Rehabilitaion System
The NESS H200 is the latest in electrical stimulation technology and is targeted for use in people who have an upper limb impairment following a neurological episode. Most of the research to date comes from overseas and is based on patients who have suffered a stroke, however, similar rehabilitation principles can also be applied to patients with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders and it has now arrived in Sydney.