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Neurodevelopment Therapies & Treatments
Neurodevelopmental treatments can be applied in distinct phases of our lives, especially during early years and childhood, pregnancy and elderly ages. They can additionally be applied to respond and overcome different needs and challenges derived from different difficulties, disabilities or diseases.
Babies & Toddlers
Cognitive & Learning Dissabilities
- Special Needs Children & Adults
Pregnancy is a period with multiple changes in the woman’s body (physical, hormonal, stress, etc.). A proper and cautious preparation is needed to avoid the main complications due to these changes (back pain, posture, core stability, weight gain, etc.); also, to get ready and fit for the delivery process.
After delivery, the woman’s body needs some time to come back to a healthy status again. However, whilst breastfeeding hormones (such as relaxing) are still acting on the body and some precautions need to be taken in consideration for a safe fitness programme to achieve this goal.
Some pregnancies are considered as high risk pregnancy. Rest is mandatory and this could be detrimental for the mum and for the baby. It is very important to keep some low risk activities to ensure that the correct stimulation is provided to ensure a safe process for mum and good development for the baby/babies.
It is paramount to stimulate the baby whilst still in the womb. Certain exercises can provide this stimulation to ensure that the baby is developing properly during the pregnancy process. Techniques to stimulate baby’s movements, sensory development or emotional bounding will be applied to help the baby to grow safe and get ready for the birth.
After birth, babies’ brain is still in full development process. Certain activities can help the babies to reach their maximum capacity by helping them to grow and develop their brain structure and linking up.
This programme can be applied for early stimulation or as a treatment for delay, disabilities, sickness, after surgery etc.
During the early years, it is very important to keep the stimulation for the brain development. This way we ensure the adequate maturation of all their capacities: motor skills, emotions, cognitive and learning.
This programme can be applied for early stimulation or as a treatment for delays, disabilities, sickness, after surgery etc.
Cognitive & Learning Difficulties
Neuromotor therapy can be used in school to stimulate learning processes with mainstream children. By these exercises, we can help the children to get ready to face the school day with the brain ready to learn.
More and more children these days are diagnosed with attention deficit with or without hyperactivity. Usually these disorders are not based in the cognitive area, instead they are allocated in other brain areas or its connections.
By using certain exercises we can ease and reduce the hyperactivity and help with the attention difficulties, making theses children’s life easier.
Dislexia, Reading & Writing Difficulties
Those problems are often stemming from motoric issues, such as laterality, fine motor dexterity, visual integration, etc. If some of the basic motor and sensory skills are not properly developed, further processes are not able to mature and function like expected. If we work on the real base of the problem, brain immaturity, we will be able to help those children to solve these learning difficulties and offer them a happier time at school.
People diagnosed with different disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Condition, often have certain difficulties related with their diagnoses: physical (muscle tone, reduced mobility, low control, etc.) and internal processes (digestion, breathing, epilepsy, etc). Also, learning difficulties (attention deficit, memory, cognitive processing) challenging behaviours or emotional management issues. All these problems are regulated from different brain areas and can be improved by using specific Neurodevelopmental exercises.
Disabilities and Reflex Integration
Reflexes are involved in the development of the brain and their connections. People with Special Needs, present different unintegrated or immature reflexes, this fact doesn’t allow them to progress, develop and mature adequately. The consequences of this might be:
- Problems in neurological development (brain structure growth and connections).
- Living in survival mode, not allowing further parts of the brain to develop and function. This involves challenges in sensory integration, communication, socialisation and learning skills (attention deficit, concentration, memory, etc.)
- Chronic stress, overwhelmed, hypersensitivity, sensory problems, self-stimulating/self-harming behaviours, hyperactivity, etc.
- Low body and limb control, muscle tone dysfunctions, poor global coordination and fine motor skills, etc.
- Aches, muscle tension, deformities, difficulties to relax, sleep, etc.
Elderlies & Degenerative Diseases
Aging is a process where all our body starts to involute. Keeping fit and active could help and make a change during the aging process. By stimulating the brain and the links will maintain physical capabilities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, etc.
Also keeping the further mental processes (thinking, memory, learning skills, etc.) to be able to manage the daily activities independently for longer.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
These diseases present certain common characteristics regarding the brain involution. In Alzheimer’s , cerebral folds get deeper and Hippocampus gets smaller. By stimulating the areas affected using neurodevelopmental exercises we can improve the quality of life of the people who suffers this illness, by maximising the capabilities of these areas during the course of the disease.
Parkinson affects different parts of the brain, from the basal ganglia; brain stem are (first areas) keeps expanding up to the cortex. Certain exercises to stimulate these areas will help to improve the consequences of the disease from the physical aspects: imbalance, tremors, hunched posture, low control, swallowing, etc. and other possible effects of the disease regarding speech, processing and memory, dementia, depression, etc.; that could affect the patient’s autonomy and quality of life.
After recovery processes where rest is necessary, some physical consequences that can affect the brain functions could happen affecting posture, walking patterns, etc. Neuromotor therapy could help to fix this problems and settle the person again to an optimal function.
Our posture depends from our muscle tone, which is defined by the lower areas of our brain. Many of the back problems (scoliosis, lordosis, sciatica, kyphosis etc.) need to be addressed from those brain areas to be able to correct the problem from the basis. Also specific muscle work will be implemented to help recovery.
Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Diseases
Heart and Lungs functions are regulated by the automatic areas of our brain. These kind of conditions may involve consequences affecting the person’s autonomy and welfare. By stimulating these areas we will be able to improve the functioning of the organs and the whole systems (obviously considering the possibility of mechanical failures/problems).
After brain damage, independently of the cause (infections, stroke, trauma, etc.), certain brain areas and their links could be affected and deteriorated. Neurodevelopmental exercises can help to reconnect the parts still functioning and the flow between them to improve the quality of life of the people suffering this condition.
Gymagine offers personalised sessions both individually and in groups, always adjusting to your needs and interests.
The therapist will attend your home to provide the treatment and teach the exercise routine to the patient, parents, family members, caretakers etc. hence the programme will be applied at home.
Treatments and sessions can be delivered in groups. The therapist will attend the location (nurseries, schools, charities, hospitals, respite centres, community centres etc.) to organise and set the conditions to apply the treatment for every person, with the support of the staff members.
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