Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy treatment with Sydney Rehab

What to expect?? We will assess the degree of physical changes that are present and occurring in the patients body. From there we will identify them in order of priority to be able to hone in on an approach that will help improve those physical deficiencies. We will work closely with all other health professionals involved in your care and treatment. Our team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Occupational Therapists are trained to be able to prescribe the correct style, dosage and intensity of exercise to complement your medical treatment plan and to assist you through it from start to finish. You can expect to feel nurtured throughout the process.

Evidence based:

When you are dealing with medical issues that have complex effects on the body, an experienced practitioner will administer the latest evidence based therapy. At Sydney Rehab our trainers are bound by multiple professional bodies regulatory requirements. Our professional bodies including, ESSA, APA, FIA and AHPRA ensure that our standards are maintained yearly. Our therapists have many years of experience in the health industry, and when you want results, experience is what you need.

Injury Prevention:

Whilst your body is dealing with treatment for cerebral palsy symptoms, we assist with your all your goals with an aim to avoid any injury. Poor treatment can potentially damage body tissue and lead to further problems. Sydney Rehab has a strong focus on injury prevention and with our background in musculoskeletal practice, we know better than anyone how to avoid complications. We do this through a physiotherapy evidence based approach for injury prevention. Our therapists have among the highest qualifications in the industry. 

Get the best treatment for your cerebral palsy symptoms, but safely. This still involves the most effective treatment, the only difference is that it is safer because of our professional understanding of injury and the mechanisms that cause injury.

The latest equipment and technology:

We have state of the art equipment that will help you get on track. We encourage all our clients to conduct exercises in their own time too. We can tailor an exercise program to suit you and the area you want to continue training in. Our aim is to teach you how to eventually take care of yourself and grow your knowledge..this is the sure fire way to success.

What is Cerebral Palsy?:

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture.  There is around 34,000 people in Australia living with CP – that is 1 in 500 babies diagnosed with CP.  Cerebral means ‘of the brain’ and palsy refers to ‘a lack of muscle control’. It occurs to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.   People may experience difficulty walking, stiff muscles, involuntary movements, a speech delay in a child and stuttering to name only a few.

The Australian Cerebral Palsy Register has identified four groups that, statistically, have a greater risk of CP – Males, Small Babies, Multiple Birth Babies and Premature Babies. Spastic hemiplegia, where one half of the body has difficulty with voluntary movement is the most common presentation of CP. Approximately 40% of people with cerebral palsy have hemiplegia.  At this stage, there is no known cure.

Without rehabilitation and orthopaedic management, a person with CP can deteriorate physically. Children with CP may be supported by a full team of health care professionals and community based support services who will work together to help reach their goals. Most children with CP will walk – 60% are independent walkers, 10% will walk with an aid and 30% will use a wheelchair.

Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists can focus on encouraging a person’s day to day movement skills such as sitting, walking, dressing and toileting along with muscle strengthening exercises. Your therapist can offer a range of specialist interventions such as walking frames, supportive seating and wheelchairs. Physical therapy implements strength and flexibility exercises, heat treatment, massages and special equipment to give children with cerebral palsy more independence.

Flexibility exercises and massages are often used for children with spastic cerebral palsy; these exercises not only help improve mobility, but also can prevent painful muscle tightening that could require surgical correction. Strength training exercises from a qualified Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist are used to increase muscle tone in children with Athetoid cerebral palsy.

Parents looking for a therapist need to find someone who has experience treating children with cerebral palsy. Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists with experience treating CP understand the unique needs of these children and can tailor an individualized treatment regimen.

These therapists observation and a series of standardized tests to measure motor function. They look for specific postures and movements that could be corrected, and develop a physical therapy plan specifically for your child.

Call Sydney Rehab today to discuss this condition and how rehab can help you with your particular situation.

Why seek treatment with someone who lacks the qualifications to deal with your condition?

We have had years of experience with Cerebral Palsy patients. Therefore we know how to provide an effective program to suit your specific needs. We have strong ties with local GP’s and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance who have been referring cerebral palsy patients to Sydney Rehab for some time.

Try us, we believe our standards are second to none.


You may be eligible to claim under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This is a relatively new scheme that provides a government assisted allowance for servies such as Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Personal Training, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics. Please check with the NDIS to see if you are eligible.

Health Fund Rebates:

Where applicable you can use your private health for our services. Whats even better is that your therapist may even be dual qualified meaning you may be eligible to claim on two services (Physiotherapy AND Exercise Physiology). An already affordable service becomes even more affordable. Some funds even cover the whole cost!*

HEALTH FUND REBATES (*where applicable)

*Rebates vary between funds. Please check your Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology coverage.

Our practitioners at Sydney Rehab are highly qualified professionals with years of experience and the highest qualifications. Rest assured that you will receive the highest standard of health care available in Sydney.

We have all the necessary equipment and skills to provide a complete service for any injury or condition.

*Individual results may vary with any of our services.

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