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Cerebral palsy (CP) is non-progressive, which means that there is no change to the injury in the brain.

But functional abilities may change or decrease over time. This can be due to secondary changes throughout the body. For example, reducing range of movement at joints and reduced length of muscles.

Benefits of physiotherapy for adults with CP

Physiotherapy is important for adults with CP to maintain functional ability and limit further contractures (limited muscle length).

Physiotherapy treatment may include exercises on how to increase or maintain:

  • mobility, such as walking and standing without an aid
  • the length of tightened muscles
  • the range of movement of your joints
  • stamina and exercise tolerance. This can also help to reduce fatigue.

Your physio will also provide training and advice on:

  • balance to help improve confidence and reduce the risk of falling
  • positioning to achieve the best posture possible throughout the 24-hour day
  • equipment to achieve a 24-hour postural management programme
  • supportive devices, such as a wheelchair, orthotic devices or other adaptive equipment
  • hydrotherapy treatment

Physiotherapy treatment will help you live the best life possible by maximising your potential. It can help you to maintain and, where possible, improve your functional abilities.

How do I access physiotherapy?

If you live in the UK and want to see a physiotherapist, there are 2 main treatment routes: through the NHS or through private practitioners.

For more information, please go to the website of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

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