Motor Neurone Disease

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Motor Neurone Disease treatment with Sydney Rehab

What to expect?? Motor Neurone Disease can have varying severity which has an impact on the patient and their loved ones. We understand the needs of each patient and we discuss these with family, carers and of course the patient.  As always we will discuss the most realistic approach to be able to tackle your difficulties. Therefore we completely tailor the program to suit you and the potential side effects/symptoms you may be experiencing. 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 therapists 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 or recovery, we assist with your goals in the safest way possible. The last thing you need is an extra injury on top of what you are going through. We do this through a physiotherapy evidence based approach for injury prevention. Our therapists have the highest qualifications in the industry. We have an extensive background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with our director having over 16 years of experience with musculoskeletal therapy.

Experience the 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. Our equipment allows us to carefully measure your body’s strength and endurance and then re-assess to see the progress you have made. Our aim is to teach you how to eventually take care of yourself and grow your knowledge and our equipment allows us to do this with feedback for you and your therapist.

What is Motor Neurone Disease?:

Nerve cells (neurones) control the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow. Motor neurone disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which these neurones fail to work normally. Muscles then gradually weaken and waste, as neurones degenerate and die.  One in 11,434 Australians have MND. 58% of people in Australian with MND are under the age of 65.MND early symptoms could be considered mild such as stumbling due to weakness of the leg muscles, slurring in speech, cramps and muscle twitches.  Symptoms can progress and then may include breathing difficulties, muscle fatigue, stiff joints, weight loss and pain. Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch are usually not affected by MND.Although there is no cure for MND yet, research has shown some interventions can help people living with MND to live better for longer. People with MND are encouraged to discuss any therapies they hear about with their neurologist or health care practitioners.A multidisciplinary care team for a person with MND usually includes a doctor, allied health professionals (such as a dietitian, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker and speech pathologist), nurses and local palliative and community care workers. Other team members who have particular expertise are involved as needed, such as a respiratory specialist.The degeneration of upper motor (UMN) and lower motor (LMN) neurons, leads to progressive weakness of bulbar, limb, thoracic and abdominal muscles causing muscle weakness, stiffness and immobility. It is recommended that an assessment and continuing reviews are carried out by a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist for the management of exercise, positioning and pain management and for the prescription of appropriate assistive technology to assist independence, mobility and comfort.An exercise programme for people with MND can assist in maintaining joint range of movement, prevent contractures, to reduce stiffness and discomfort, to optimise function and quality of life. An exercise physiologist can create a programme to the person’s level of function and tailor it to their specific needs, abilities and preferences. They will be able to take into account factors such as postural needs and fatigue. The exercise programme might be a resistance programme, an active assisted programme or a passive programme.

Consult closely with your Sydney exercise physiologist, physiotherapist or healthcare professional when devising an individualised exercise program. Call Sydney Rehab today to discuss this condition and how rehab can help you with your particular situation.

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

Motor Neurone Disease is a multifaceted illness. We have had years of experience with this illness. Therefore we know how to provide an effective program to suit your specific needs. We have strong ties with local GP’s and Specialists throughout Sydney who have been referring these patients to Sydney Rehab for some time.


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.

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

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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