Sensory rehabilitation as part of neuro physiotherapy after a neurological injury is often overlooked, but adequate sensation is crucial to be able to perceive the environment around you and to enable you to interact with it effectively. Sensory problems after a stroke or other brain injury are common and can result in clumsy, uncoordinated movements and ultimately lead to a further deterioration in involvement of the limb in day to day activities.
‘SENSe’ sensory rehabilitation programme is an intensive neuro-rehabilitation programme designed to improve the sensation of the affected limb.
People with altered sensation after a stroke or other neurological injury often describe:
The SENSe sensory rehabilitation programme utilises the brain’s ability to learn and adapt. It is an sensory rehab intensive programme, typically consisting of three neuro physio sessions each week for four weeks. The programme aims to rehabilitate the senses of touch and positional awareness which can lead to improvements in dexterity, coordination and the ability to perform daily activities effectively.
The programme has shown to benefit people who have neurological impairments as a result of: stroke, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury and others.
The amount of individual improvement in sensation varies, but most show a significant improvement in how their arm feels and how much they can use the arm and hand. Common neurological problems treated in the arm and hand include:
Most importantly, sensory retraining techniques are used in conjunction with task practice activities to transfer your improved sensation and use of the affected extremity into the real world environment.
Our SENSe programme is conducted by highly trained Neurological Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. You will have 1:1 guidance and support throughout your treatment sessions. Following the successful completion of the programme we provide a follow up appointment at 1 month and telephone follow up appointments at 3 and 6 months to ensure that you continue to progress and to monitor your improvements.
The level of your sensory function will determine the nature of the treatment programme most appropriate for you. Sense training will typically comprise of activity to train texture discrimination, sense of limb position, recognition of everyday objects, as well as the vital day to day occupational tasks that help transfer improvements in sensation to normal arm and hand function.
We are thrilled to have now opened our clinics and resumed our home visit service. The safety of our team and clients remains of the utmost importance to us, so we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the environment and our working practices are safe.
We have implemented new policies for all treatment areas and although it’s not quite business as usual, you can expect the same expert service.