Cerebral Palsy is caused by a brain injury or abnormal brain development, and occurs in children while their brain is still growing (before birth, during birth, or immediately after). It is described as a loss or impairment of motor function. Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, coordination and tone, as well as reflexes, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
You Do Not Need a Doctor's Referral to See a Physio
You do no need a doctor's referral to see a physiotherapist, though if they need to your physiotherapist can refer you back to your family physician for further care.
Most extended medical plans cover a percentage of the cost of physiotherapy, so do check with your benefits provider. You can see a physiotherapist for preventative care, and not just injury rehabilitation.
How Physios Work
Physiotherapy is an important part of managing cerebral palsy as it helps increase body strength and function, relieves pain and stress, and helps increase mobility. Physiotherapists provide exercises for patients to improve functional mobility, encourage muscle growth and prevent joints from becoming permanently contracted. They may also provide adaptive techniques and special equipment for the patient to more easily perform day-to-day tasks.
Typically, parents (and other member of the family) are involved in therapy and taught home exercises and strategies to help their child keep muscles strong and joints flexible.
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