Sensory

Sensory Rehabilitation

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.

Who is SENSe Sensory Retraining for?

People with altered sensation after a stroke or other neurological injury often describe:

 

What is the SENSe sensory rehabilitation programme?

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.

What are the benefits of sensory rehabilitation?

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:

  • Reduced awareness of arm, hand or finger position
  • Reduced awareness of limb movement
  • Difficulty recognising everyday objects through touch
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Difficulty controlling of grip
  • Reduced dexterity
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks such as dressing, grooming, and eating.

The SENSe sensory rehabilitation programme at Physio4You

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.

Can Sensory Rehabilitation Help You?

If your are struggling with changes in sensation after a neurological injury such as a stroke or brain injury and would like to find out more about sensory rehabilitation, please get in touch with us. One of our expert neuro physiotherapists will call or email you back and talk through the possibilities.
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