Based on the level of capability with different disorders, there can be many options for assisting an individual. In many cases, the nerve damage associated with such conditions cannot be reversed or cured—but with treatments for neurological disorders, symptoms may be lessened. Often nerve damage can be progressive, so consulting with a healthcare professional may help give you a realistic idea of what to do to slow progression.
For many neurological disorders, medication is helpful. Medications will mostly serve as a way to manage pain or frequency of episodes such as seizures. Individuals with disabilities regarding nerve damage in the brain may find using their bodies difficult or hard to control. Weakness can result in more pain than anyone needs to be in. The chances of medication resolving an issue are slim, but managing it is a much more realistic possibility.
Once pain is under control, a series of assessments and intervention options may be implemented to find the most useful treatment choices for a person suffering from a neurological disorder, through occupational therapy. By observing and assessing the development hurdles, an OT (occupational therapist) can plan activities, exercises, even unite groups and communities of people with similar issues and needs.
There will need to be some adjustments in diet in order to help with recovery. A Mediterranean diet is often suggested. The main concern is staying away from processed sugars. A change in diet cannot only help the body and brain heal, but also help prevent stroke or heart disease in the future. Recommended foods include whole grain and high fiber foods, vegetables, fruits, legumes, fish, poultry, nuts, eggs, seeds, and tofu.
Through physical therapy, an individual can begin to strengthen and maintain key muscle groups that will help with flexibility, mobility, core strength, and balance. Equine riding therapy has been proven to do wonders for increasing all of these fundamental groups for physical forte and control.
Chariot Innovations created hippotherapy equipment that can benefit individuals with neurological disorders in the comfort of a secure environment. Additionally, this technology aids in both speech and physical therapy and development. Learn more about our MiraColt™ horse-riding simulator here.
Exploring the options for treatments for neurological disorders will help with the progression and development of speech and physical movement. Moreover, it will assist you in better understanding an individual’s specific disorder. Do your research and ask questions to help the individual with a disability in your life have the best shot at being successful.
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