Acquired Brain Injury

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain since birth.  The effects of an acquired brain injury can be wide ranging, and depend on a number of factors such as type, location and severity of the injury.  The injury can cause changes to many areas of brain including cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioural and psychosocial functioning.

Causes to traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury are multiple; including road traffic accidents, assaults and falls, and tumours, strokes and brain haemorrhages, respectively.  The physical effects of ABI are unique to the individual and can be wide ranging including problems with increased muscle tone, weakness or paralysis, sensory impairment, ataxia, fatigue and difficulties with speech.

 At the Bobath Centre we are highly experienced in working with people with ABI.  We offer an expert comprehensive assessment.  We take an analytical problem solving approach that is individualised to each client.  Bobath therapists use skilled therapeutic handling to help influence postural control, and gain optimal quality and efficiency of movement.  Treatment plans are guided by the use of individualised functional goal plans and outcome measures.  We also provide individualised home exercise programmes in order to optimise function and benefits from therapy as well as aiming to reduce any secondary problems such as pain or loss of range of movement.

As well as hands on treatment, we use a wide variety of adjuncts to physiotherapy including walking aid assessments and partial body-weight treadmill.

Bobath therapy is an inclusive approach, we can accommodate people who have only had mild head injury, as well as those who have suffered from much more extreme head injury.

Treatment can be delivered in a range of different formats and is decided on an individual basis, this can range from 6 monthly reviews to intensive bursts of treatment for a couple of weeks or more.

For more information on acquired brain injury please follow these links:

www.headway.org.uk/about-brain-injury/individuals/types-of-brain-injury/