Physiotherapists can use a range of techniques, tailored to your needs. These may include movement and exercise; manipulation and massage; and taping to support the weaker muscles. Physiotherapists can also provide advice on manual handling and techniques on how to avoid falls or rise up from a chair.
Sessions are delivered in your own home, free of charge and are provided by qualified physiotherapists. This service is offered subject to the availability of physiotherapists in your area.
It all depends upon the reason why you need physiotherapy. Generally a physiotherapist will take a history of your medical condition and how this affects you physically in your day-to-day life. They will assess how you move, any balance problems, weakness or stiffness in muscles or how you transfer on and off various items of furniture.
If appropriate they may devise an exercise plan which they will take you through and check that you are able to undertake the exercises correctly and safely, without fatiguing or injuring yourself. If you are unable to carry out the exercises yourself then they may train our carer to deliver a range of assisted motion exercises to help with circulation and the reduction of muscle aches and pains. However for the exercises to have any impact they should be carried out on a regular basis by yourself or with the assistance of your carer, at least a few times a week – the physiotherapist will advise you on the frequency required.
If you have problems with breathlessness or are prone to chest infections, the physiotherapist can give you exercises to improve your posture and teach you deep breathing and coughing exercises. The physiotherapist may teach you techniques on how to manage your balance, avoid falls or give tips on how to get on and off furniture which would be appropriate to your level of mobility. They could also give advice to your carers on manual handling techniques to move you safely but without injuring themselves.
The physiotherapist may decide that it might be appropriate for you to use assistive devices or mobility equipment and in which case they would advise MND Scotland who will contact your MND Clinical Specialist to arrange for the equipment to be delivered from the relevant healthcare provider.
This service is subject to the availability of local physiotherapists being sourced by MND Scotland. To receive treatment you must complete an assessment form to check your suitability for treatments.
If you would like to receive physiotherapy, please complete and submit the electronic Physiotherapy Service application form below.
You can also fill out our paper application, which is available to download from the sidebar above.
Post applications should be sent to:
2nd Floor, City View,
6 Eagle Street, Glasgow
You can find out more by contacting Dawn Hamilton on:
T: 0141 332 3903
You can also ask your MND Clinical Specialist to make a referral on your behalf.
You can download a Physiotherapy Leaflet (PDF) here.
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