What is Neurological Rehabilitation?

Neurological rehabilitation is a treatment for people with nervous system conditions. It can involve a comprehensive range of therapies such as physiotherapy, psychotherapy, and speech therapy. Its main goals are to increase function, reduce symptoms, and improve quality of life.

A patient receiving assistance with neurological retraining.

When your nervous system gets affected by a serious condition or injury, it can make it tough to perform simple daily tasks like eating or getting dressed.

However, the brain has an incredible ability to adapt to changes, including injuries or health conditions. This ability to adapt is called “plasticity,” and neurological rehab relies on it to help patients. Using a variety of exercises and training, rehab specialists can teach your body new ways to move and help you overcome your limitations.

Can help with issues including:

  • Strokes
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Infections such as meningitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Spinal or brain tumours
  • Progressive nerve palsies
  • Guillian-Barre syndrome
  • Seizure disorder
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

Benefits

  • Restore mobility
  • Regain function and independence
  • Reduce spasticity
  • Reduce the risk of falls 
  • Achieve a better quality of life

Neurological rehab involves ongoing assessment and treatment to help you overcome your limitations. We’ll create a custom treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique situation. We’ll start by speaking with you about your symptoms, history, the limitations your facing, and what you want to achieve.

Then to create your custom plan, we can incorporate any of a wide range of services including:

  • Physiotherapy and exercise programs to improve strength, endurance, coordination, balance, and mobility
  • Occupational therapists for guidance on how to perform daily tasks
  • Mental health therapy to treat issues like stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Speech therapy
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Social workers for social and behavioural skills retraining
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Consultation for home care needs (such as modifying spaces to ensure safety and independence)

The time it takes to see results is different in every case. But you should be able to see some improvements within your first few visits, if not the first. Some of the changes you can watch for include improved balance, improved endurance, and the ability to perform tasks that you couldn’t previously.

Cost and Coverage

Just like the majority of our treatments, our neurological rehabilitation services are covered by extended health care plans, such as through your employer, auto insurance, or workers’ compensation. That means it may cost you little or nothing. We also use direct billing to your insurance so you never have to deal with it yourself or wait to be reimbursed. If you don’t think you’re covered, give us a call and we can help. Our services are available at very competitive rates.

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There are many reasons why Activa Clinics is the ideal place to get your neurological rehab. They include our compassionate approach, our customizable treatment plans, our comfortable and modern facilities, and our large team of dedicated medical professionals.

In addition, we can offer many of our care services in-home. So if mobility is an issue for you, we make it easy as possible to get help.

Our Team Includes:

A diagram depicting the many health services available at Activa Clinics.

We know that dealing with a nervous system condition can be a daunting obstacle. But remember: your brain has the ability to adapt to your condition. With a little help, you can learn ways to overcome or manage your limitations.

To learn more about how neurological rehabilitation can help, give us a call, schedule a consultation, or drop in. We have seven conveniently located clinics that serve communities including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Scarborough, or Kitchener.

FAQ's

  • 1. What are the signs of neurological problems?

    Signs vary depending on the type of the problem and the part of body affected. Signs are categorized into either emotional or physical symptoms. Physical symptoms include, muscle weakness and paralysis, seizures, decreased concentration, difficulty in reading, poor cognitive abilities among others. Emotional symptoms are mood swings and depression.

  • 2. Are neurological problems curable?

    Neurological problems can't be cured solely, however, there is the treatment of this problems.The goals of treatment is to manage the condition, reduce the severity of the condition and improve the quality of life. All these are highly dependent on the extent of the problem.

  • 3. Is neurological damage reversible?

    Depending on the extent of the damage neurological damage may or may not be reversible.Recovery and back to normalcy depends on the cause of injury, location of the damage and personal symptoms. The central nervous system does not regenerate after an injury. In contrast, peripheral nervous system regenerates, hence allowing recovery of function.