BWT Physiotherapists can help restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by a brain injury.
Neuromuscular (brain, nervous system and musculo-skeletal system) specialist Physiotherapists are an essential part of the multidisciplinary team, when working with a brain injured person.
The role of a BWT Physiotherapist starts right from the acute stage (initial days after the injury) of brain injury through the rehabilitation phase to the long term care and management of how to help the victim of the head injury and their family cope with this tragedy.
BWT Physiotherapists will maintain the range of motion of the joints in the body by exercises and by correct positioning in their splints. They will also teach the family how they can best help the patients by moving the affected limbs, taking good care of their skin and ensuring the patient is in a good posture at all times.
BWT believe that early mobilisation of the patient from bed to chair/tilt table, standing, walking should be carried out whenever possible and as soon as possible. BWT strongly believe that early mobilisation is essential to the re-education of movement and the hopeful achievement of the return of some independence
BWT’s Exercise and Rehabilitation programme takes place as early as the patient can cope with it, moving the patient, changing postures and their environment, encouraging normal movement patterning throughout all their exercises and walking education.
BWT Physiotherapists continually re-assess the patient and maximise their potential around the patients existing capacities.
In the long term care phase, the BWT Physiotherapist will aim to maintain the physical abilities of the person with brain injury while monitoring for any changes that may occur. The levels of input required from BWT Physiotherapists will depend upon the extent of disability that the person lives with. Maintenance of clear airways, strengthening and maintaining endurance of the active muscles, maintaining the range of motion in the joints, minimizing adverse effects of increased tone, are the key principles of the BWT physiotherapy care of the brain-injured patient.