Neurological rehabilitation uses a problem solving approach, unique to each individual, to uncover how the central nervous system, (the brain and spinal cord), organize movement through the peripheral nervous system which activates muscles and moves the bones. We work to help an individual regain the ability to create as efficient movement as possible by improving the ability to maintain a posture. This works by achieving a specific movement goal, such as freeing an arm to reach for an object or freeing a leg to take a step.
Vestibular rehabilitation looks at how the inner ear functions within the nervous system to help coordinate head and eye movements and to maintain balance. Treatments are designed to produce an error signal, the experience of dizziness, so that the nervous system can accommodate and adapt to overcome the error signal and and thus eliminate the experience of dizziness and imbalance. This can be immediate or take several weeks depending on the condition. As assessment and treatment may induce some of your symptoms, it is recommended to have someone with you to take you home after your appointment. With older adults, maintaining and improving balance is key to preventing falls and reducing hospital admissions. As we age, our vestibular system loses some of its efficiency and as such, diminished vestibular activation may be responsible for falls in some older adults.
Concussions result in altered processing of information by the brain and create symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, difficulty with visual processing - reading/looking at screens, anxiety, pain and difficulty in bright, loud and busy environments. Treatment focuses on reducing symptom burden to allow the brain to process information more efficiently and improve tolerance for activity and sensory stimuli, thereby improving ability to participate actively without post concussive symptoms.
Persistent pain rehabilitation assesses how and why an individual is experiencing pain and then works on retraining the pain system through education, movement and positive experiences with activity to change the pain message and thereby decrease the experience of pain. Treatments are between 1 and 1.5 hours per session and are held in a private setting.
Yoga therapy sessions are private and are based on client preference and need to achieve movement goals. Often yoga therapy is appropriate for individuals suffering from persistent pain, as it is an effective way to work on multiple body systems in a safe and controlled environment. Clients are encouraged to practice on their own at home once they feel comfortable with their specific program.