Cerebral Palsy Movement Therapy

If you have or know someone with cerebral palsy, you know it can take many forms and disable a person slightly or severely. The Motor Control Restoration treatment begins with a thorough assessment, after which an individualized treatment program is created. Everyone has their own unique program. The goals are created with the patient, or, if the patient is a child, with the parents. For children, the goals are often related to improving the ability to care for one’s hygiene needs. As children grow they become more difficult to lift. This often causes parents to suffer with back strain. As a result, a typical goal is to be able to move from sitting to standing with as much independence as possible. Patients can be anywhere from two years through adulthood.

Children often develop an “all or none” use of their muscles. They use the increased tone/spasticity to move from point A to point B. The Motor Control Restoration program helps patients learn focused muscle use, reducing wear and tear on joints, as well as the frustration that results from not being able to produce graded muscle use. Adults have similar issues but have over the years developed movement strategies or compensatory muscle use to enable them to perform basic tasks. However, some of these movement strategies cause pain because the muscles used are not meant to function in that manner. Motor Control Restoration can help the patient discover more effective and efficient movement patterns. Once acquired, many patients find they have more energy to do things during the day because they are not wasting energy on inefficient movement patterns. Often patients return for more treatment to learn additional skills. They are able to do so because they have practiced the movement patterns learned in previous sessions. Once a patient learns a skill through the Motor Control Restoration program, they don’t lose it over time.