The Benefits Of The First Step Therapy Method in Neuro-rehabilitation

The benefits of the First Step therapy approach are numerous and varied for the patient. These include:

The retraining of the central nervous system to produce more normal reflexes;

The restoration of past developmental abilities and the acquisition of new abilities;

Providing dynamic correction of abnormal posture to improve external stabilisation of the musculo-skeletal system and the alignment of the body to as close to normal as possible;

The normalisation of poor muscle tone;

The normalising and/or correcting of the gait pattern for walking and stepping;

Providing multi-sensory stimulation to reduce sensitivity to heat, light touch, sound, etc;

Improving balance & co-ordination abilities;

Decreasing uncontrolled movement e.g. Ataxia and Atethosis in Cerebral Palsy;

Improving body and spatial awareness and awareness of surroundings;

Providing resistance to strong muscles to further enhance strength;

Improving speech production and its fluency through head and trunk support;

Promoting development of both fine and gross motor skills;

Improves bone density through active and assisted weight-bearing techniques;

Helping to avoid or decrease permanent muscle shortening (contractures);

These are just some of the identified improvements that can take place. Many more are achievable, but these depend on the child’s condition and the effort and input of the patient and the family or care-givers.

Read more about the benefits achieved by others who have gone through the Programme by clicking on our Case Studies Page

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