(Español) FORMACIÓN ON-LINE: Razonamiento clínico aplicado a al abordaje de la persona con patología neurológica

We adapt our training proposals to the insecurity experienced during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Our specific training aimed at physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists who are dedicated to the field of neurorehabilitation and treatment of neurological patients, return in online format.

We present a live on-line training, with theoretical and practical content and very affordable, with the lowest price in the market thinking of those economically affected by the pandemic.

7 reasons to try aquatic therapy

Do you know that there is a specialized treatment for neurological patients that is performed in water? Aquatic therapy is a way of using a different medium, such as water, to achieve your goals, taking advantage of all the physical properties that it offers and all the benefits of therapeutic exercise.
Surely you are already undergoing a rehabilitation treatment and you are wondering what do I gain by getting into the pool?

Here are 7 reasons to try it:
1- Improve your safety when moving: sometimes it is difficult to try new things for fear of falling. In the water everything happens more slowly and, therefore, we have more time to think and react. Working in the pool has shown that we can significantly reduce the risk of falls.
2- Work the gait: water is a natural support for the body, so that we can practice the way you walk, with less muscular effort and with greater independence, since it will not be necessary to use poles or walkers. In addition, without these supports, you will have your hands free to carry out other activities.
3- Improve balance: overcoming the instability that water provides us will make you work the necessary adjustments to keep your posture upright.
4- Get active relaxation: this is the term we use when you are able to move according to the demands of the task, that is, staying active and, at the same time, feeling that the movement is fluid.
5- Improve your body perception: water is a constant stimulus on our body that causes the somatosensory areas of the brain to be activated. This is especially important when there are sensitivity problems in both the upper and lower limbs.
6- Increase your cardiopulmonary function and stimulate neuroplasticity: these are the benefits you get when performing aerobic exercise in the aquatic environment, an exercise of low or medium intensity that is maintained for a long time.
7- Have fun and get motivated: beyond all these technical aspects, we know how important it is to have fun to learn. Aquatic therapy can become a source of motivation where the results obtained can be seen in your day to day.
If you are a water lover and want to try a different experience in a different environment, at the Neurorehabilitation Clinic we can help you. Elisa is currently in charge of the aquatic therapy area and is trained in the Halliwick Concept, one of the current approaches to the treatment of neurological injuries in water.

 

Elisa Lara

Fisioterapeuta Colegiada número 14047

Bettina Paeth

On World Physiotherapy Day, we paid tribute to an influential physiotherapist in the Neurological Physiotherapy. Bettina Paeth, German physiotherapist who introduced the Bobath Concept to Spain.

In her 40 years of assisting trajectòria has always advised the maximum potential of all patients. At the docent level, he has been a source of inspiration for hundreds of professionals physiotherapists, occupational therapists as speech therapist, to dedicate and train in the field of neurological rehabilitation.

For all that, the therapists of the Neurorehabilitation Clinic, we appreciate Bettina, founder of the Clinic, all the learned during these years with she.

WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION?

Neuropsychological rehabilitation is one that focuses on the treatment of disorders that affect any cognitive domain: attention, memory, perceptual-motor processes, executive functions (planning, inhibition, working memory, etc.), emotion and behavior. Cognitive functioning can be altered by different causes, one of these being Acquired Brain Damage (DCA). When we talk about DCA, we are referring to a sudden brain injury that has had normal development so far. This can be due to different causes: strokes or strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, infections, anoxia, etc. Whatever the cause, the DCA has as its main consequence the loss of previously developed functions. These losses can be physical, cognitive and emotional, causing, in most cases, a loss of functional independence.

Neuropsychological rehabilitation, as mentioned above, is the one that focuses on the improvement of cognitive, behavioral and emotional functions. Cognitive deficits can range from mild to severe, where, for example, the person only notices a little difficulty when performing tasks, such as absent-mindedness, slowness or slight forgetfulness; or, in more serious cases, where the person is unable to remember what they did that morning, follow the thread of a conversation or prepare breakfast. It can also happen that the family perceives that the person has changed, that he is no longer the same as before; and that the patient does not realize their difficulties.

It is important to carry out a complete neuropsychological evaluation to be able to determine the damaged or altered functions, as well as those that are preserved, since the latter will be the basis of the rehabilitation process. You must also take into account how the person was before, his tastes and hobbies, so that the process is as motivating as possible and with significant objectives for him or her. The purpose of all this is to ensure that the person is as functional as possible in their day to day. This is done both with the patient and with the family, giving them information about the relative’s difficulties, orientation, guidelines and emotional support; among many others.

Finally, it should be noted that throughout the rehabilitation process it is necessary to work in an interdisciplinary way since, as mentioned at the beginning, the alterations that persist after a DCA are of a different nature, requiring the joint and coordinated participation of a team from different professionals.

Gilma Acosta Llopart
Neuropsychologist