Bell’s Palsy Treatment

Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis that is thought to occur after a viral infection. Symptoms like facial drooping, difficulty closing the eye on the affected side, drooling and loss of taste can appear suddenly. Symptoms generally resolve on their own within a few weeks but can also be permanent. Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition and provide a customized Bell’s palsy treatment plan. In this article we will look at the symptoms, causes and treatment of Bell’s palsy. We detail some of the stretching and strengthening techniques we use with some of our clients to [...]

How to Eliminate Barriers to Physical Activity for People with Brain Injury

Physical activity is an essential part of recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There is substantial evidence to support the benefits of regular exercise for people living with TBI regardless of the severity and complexity of symptoms. [i] Despite this evidence, adoption of an exercise program—and adherence to one—can be hindered by several barriers to physical activity. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend people ages 18 to 64 years engage in 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise.[ii] These can be activities that range from jogging to a group sport to swimming laps or taking a [...]

Peripheral Nerve Injury Treatment

The peripheral nervous system is a network of motor and sensory nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The system is the pathway telling your muscles to move. It also returns information about touch, temperature and pressure to the spinal cord and brain. Damage to the peripheral nerves can result in a host of symptoms, including numbness, cramps or loss of movement. In this article we will look at the different classifications of this type of injury as well as peripheral nerve injury treatment. Causes of Peripheral Nerve Injury Damage to the [...]

Effects of Brain Injury: How Location Impacts Outcome

The effects of brain injury are largely dependent on the location and severity of the trauma. The brain is a complex organ composed of three main parts; the cerebrum, the cerebellum and the brainstem. These areas communicate via billions of neurons to control many of the body’s functions, like movement, speech, thoughts, and emotions. In this article, we look at the structure and function of these parts of the brain and the symptoms that may result due to injury. Cerebrum Anatomy and Function The largest part of the human brain is the cerebrum which is divided into right and [...]

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