Cerebral Palsy

What happens when what you can do changes?

midlife


New job, new equipment, new family… arguably life throws just as many challenges at us as adults as children. Knowing how to manage your condition is important as you get older. There may not appear to be as much help available but there are services that may help.

The importance of an Annual Self Check

Perhaps you’re noticing changes in your ability to do something? Or feel you’re simply managing pain and not getting to the bottom of it? Doing an Annual Self Check is a good way to monitor your condition. What is beginning to affect your quality of life? Few people have ready access to therapy in their 30s and 40s and yet it can help with mobility, reduce pain and negate the need for surgery. You’ll also learn about the right types of exercise you can do to maintain your own fitness, stamina and strength.

Stress

Stress creeps into our lives with the work and family responsibilities we take on. For adults with cerebral palsy it can have another adverse effect. Ask any physiotherapist and they’ll tell you that stress affects your body physically almost immediately.

When you’re not stressed you’ll find moving a lot easier, with a lot less pain, and you’ll make progress in treatment much faster.

Stress can come from areas you might not realise. Perhaps it’s not work stress, but the stress associated with getting to work? Perhaps you have a personal assistant or carer who is adding to your stress, not taking it away?

Whatever the cause, make a promise to yourself to find a solution.

Seek help, stay active

Adult services vary from area to area, but you can find the details of your local specialist point of contact in where to go for help or find support in your area, from services such as your local NHS Pain Management Clinic or groups like Riding for the Disabled. Bobath Scotland are also happy to speak to anyone who has a query about the management of cerebral palsy in adults. They offer a free initial consultation and reduced rates through the Helping Hands scheme.

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