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Tips for physio....

niceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
edited October 2014 in Cerebral palsy
I'm sure everyone on here has their own ways of doing physio and has adapted their exercises to suit them, here's a few things I do to make physio work for me!!

where I can I get someone to help!! It's not always easy as an adult to get someone to help with physio, not like when I was a child and my parents or the school nurse would put me through a regime of physio everyday - not to mention the weekly visits from the physio or to the hospital!!! Nowadays a few friends are willing to help out when they can, one has a brother with cp, so understands cp and is used to helping with stretching, which comes in really handy.
Some people are a bit nervous of helping, as they are scared of hurting me or don't think they will be able to, but once I've talked them through it and assured them that they're not going to hurt me, they're fine!

I also have lots of equipment to help me too - especially handy for when I'm doing physio by myself, these include:
weighted sandbags - I use these almost like an extra pair of hands to keep my limbs where I want them, and to get a better stretch. I have two and they weigh 5kg each, so they can apply a good firm pressure. They work really well together placed across my pelvis when laying on my front, to get a really good stretch in my hip flexors.

A peanut physio ball (also known as a physio roll) - This I sit on like a horse to get a good stretch on my adductors. It can also be used in different ways and is great for people with balance problems, as it is more stable than a traditional physio ball.

A stretching strap (or yoga strap) - I use to help with stretching as it is more versatile and I find easy to hold than the rolled up towel favoured by physios'

I also use my splints to help stretch to... for example my leg gaiters to help stretch my hamstrings and keep my legs where I want them, they are great at stopping my legs from bending and rolling in. I use them on alternate legs for some exercises, for example when I need to keep one leg straight or to help one leg still while working on the other.
I also wear them overnight to keep my hamstrings stretched out.


  • Noah
    Noah Member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    edited July 2014
    Brilliant post Chris, Thank you. - All such excellent suggestions.

    Playing some music while I'm doing my physio, I find helpful.

    Some of my stretches I do in the bath while muscles are normally more relaxed.

    I try and get in the habit of doing my stretches and as often as possible combining them with things I also have to do every day. Even sat at my desk at work I can be working on different Stretches, to try and maintain as much function as possible. It is very much an on going task, but worth it.

    I also have used my wii board to try and improve my balance and stretch my feet, much safer to than a wobble board!! Just make sure you have something near by to grab hold of, for when you have involuntary spasms and loose your balance!

    There are some interesting studies that have been done mainly in the States on the use of the Nintendo Wii board and CP. Something I would like to explore some more in the future.
  • niceboots
    niceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Oh I forgot to add about playing music when doing physio! I have a playlist on my ipod specifically for physio... It has relaxing tracks that have a beat that's easy to count to
  • Noah
    Noah Member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    I wonder if there is a particular type of music that is well suited to physio, like driving music, if it hasn't been done, maybe another business opportunity for someone to create the most optimum music for doing physio....
  • rcwallace22
    rcwallace22 Member Posts: 19 Listener
    I'm having sessions with a personal trainer at the moment and I have invested in a table top hand cycle £34 off of amazon. It seems to be doing me a lot of good.
  • Noah
    Noah Member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    That sounds interesting, you will have to keep us posted how you get on. I went swimming in the sea last week, first time 2 or 3 years, did me loads of good! I need to try and build into my routine some swimming each week.
  • Kindmind
    Kindmind Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I pay for private conductive education so my conductor does my stretches. Getting gaiters tomorrow  for the 1st time since i was a child. Not looking forward to it 
  • niceboots
    niceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Good luck with the gaiters, I find mine really helpful, I actually find them more comfortable to sleep in than sleeping without! Just build up the time you wear them gradually.
  • niceboots
    niceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Hi @Kindmind, how are you getting on with your gaiters?
  • Kindmind
    Kindmind Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Not worn them yet 
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,176 Scope online community team
    Hi @Kindmind
    I'd be interested to hear how you get on. I haven't worn gaiters for 26 years! I think I probably should though.
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  • Kindmind
    Kindmind Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I haven't for a years either
     Will wear them during my conductive education session Sauturday 


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