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Physiotherapy for Sensory Loss

Neurological physiotherapy treatment will assess and treat sensory loss that may occur as a result of a neurological condition such as a Head injury, Stroke or Charcot Marie Tooth disease. Sensory loss may include abnormal sensation, decreased proprioception and decreased coordination.

Physiotherapy treatment will improve tactile sensation by bombarding the nerves with sensory input to help compensate for changed or reduced sensation. Physiotherapy treatment will also improve your mobility and balance as well as communication and sense of well being. Treatment will depend on your type of sensory loss but may involve:
  • Passive movement of muscles and joints
  • Weight bearing through a joint
  • Balance training to reduce the risk of falling
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Task-specific sessions using graded discrimination tasks, attentive exploration of objects without vision and feedback.
  • Mirror imaging to stimulate nerve pathways
  • Promoting independence with physical functioning
  • Improving safety with everyday tasks
Your physiotherapist will see how your sensory loss affects you and develop rehabilitation goals so that you achieve the best possible recovery. Physiotherapists work closely with occupational therapists, who may assess your home environment to ensure safety with activities of daily living.

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