Neurological rehabilitation

Neurological rehabilitation is a fundamental step for a smooth return to everyday life. It helps patients to recover their principal motor and cognitive abilities and to reduce the impact of their disability on their daily lives.

Upon admission to our hospital, you will be guided through the initial phases. An assessment of your state of health and your lifestyle will be made. This is an essential feature of the personalized program. Our multidisciplinary team from the neurological rehabilitation unit will define the objectives and modules of your rehabilitation program.

Each neurological rehabilitation program is devised to include specific training, focused on high intensity and individually adapted activities of everyday life.

The expertise of our team in Clinique Valmont encompasses all neurological pathologies. Once a precise diagnosis has been made, the medical specialist works in close collaboration with a vast range of therapists: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists, nurses, sports masters and a dietician to ensure a personalized rehabilitation program for each patient.

Stroke

A cerebral vascular accident known as stroke occurs after a blockage or rupture of a vessel that carries blood to the brain. Poor blood flow to brain cells means a lack of oxygen, which can sometimes be fatal. The number of people who recover their full physical and mental capacity after a stroke is one in ten. However, more than one half of stroke victims must learn to live with post stroke symptoms including social and functional disabilities.

Post stroke impairment may include:

  • Speech and language problems
  • Partial or complete paralysis of half of the body (hemiplegia)
  • Impaired memory

The risk of acute damage is related to the size of the oxygen-deprived region.

Forerunner symptoms include:

  • Dizziness and sudden loss of balance
  • Loss of strength and / or sensitivity in one arm, one leg, half of the face or all of one side of the body
  • Sudden difficulty finding or expressing words (incomprehensible sentences or words)
  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye or visual field

Parkinson

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that gradually restricts certain central nervous system functions. In the early phase, it affects the neurons responsible for the production of dopamine.  

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that enables the transmission of "messages" between neurons. The resulting deficiency is the cause of various motor disorders. However, rapidly in the course of the disease, neurons that are independent of dopamine production are affected in other regions of the brain.  

Disease symptoms include: 

  • Muscle stiffness 
  • Slow movement 
  • Rest tremors 
  • Gait and posture disorders 
  • Balance disturbances 
  • Sleeping disorders 
  • Memory problems 
  • Speech disorders 
  • Swallowing disorders

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system. This disease creates an autoimmune reaction against the myelin sheath, which isolates and protects nerve fibers. An important function of this sheath is to increase the speed of conduction of information.  MS is a disease that acts by flare-ups and causes functional impairment. This functional handicap is often not completely resolved at the end of an attack. The worsening of the handicap is proportional to the appearance of new plaques (lesions) in the nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  Symptoms of MS arise from the location of demyelination plaques or the inflammation that can occur along the entire path of fibers of the central nervous system.  

Symptoms of MS can be, among others: 

  • Impairment of the limbs' central nervous system motor pathways causing fatigue 
  • Reduced dexterity 
  • Cramps and spasms 
  • Drop in visual acuity, most often monocular 
  • Diplopia (double vision) 
  • Decrease in sensitivity

Rehabilitation through physiotherapy and adapted physical activity

Our physiotherapy is focused on a functional approach.  

Based on movement recovery and maintenance physiotherapy helps to: 

  • Stimulate joint and muscle function 
  • Promote correct muscle tone to enable better motor function 
  • Promote early stepping verticalization 
  • Favor lower limb loading 
  • Work on balance and coordination 
  • Work on gait and movement activities

Rehabilitation through adapted physical activity to:

  • Acquire endurance during exercise (ergometer and exercise bike) 
  • Work on dynamic and static balance and lower and upper limb coordination (climbing wall)
  • Develop active participation and reaction in racquet and ball games 

Occupational therapy rehabilitation

Our personalized occupational therapy helps to: 

  • Regain optimal independence in daily life activities: washing, dressing, cooking and shopping as well as administrative and financial management 
  • Stimulate autonomous bed, toilet and car transfers 
  • Recover sensitivity loss or diminution 
  • Stimulate injured upper limb motor skills and integrate these in bimanual activities 
  • Restore functional hand movement: dexterity work, finger dissociation, precision, skill, strength and writing 
  • Develop an upper limb positioning orthoses 
  • Improve balance (Wii Balance Board)
  • Evaluate and set up all necessary equipment and home assistance to ensure a successful return home

Neuropsychology rehabilitation

Neuropsychology focuses on impaired abilities by using conserved abilities to re-educate mental abilities for everyday life. 

Among other things, our rehabilitation works on: 

  • Recovery of memory capacities 
  • Mental flexibility 
  • Planning daily life tasks
  • Speed of information processing 
  • Resolving hemineglect symptoms and stimulating visuospatial exploration

 To do this, different activities are used: 

  • Games (card games, Memory, Power 4…) 
  • Computer software (Igerip and Cogniplus) 
  • Paper exercises (re-education of working memory, attention and memory…) 

Speech therapy rehabilitation

During speech therapy sessions, our approach is based on restoring written or oral expression skills or their compensations as well as swallowing disorders. 

These sessions are done through activities such as: 

  • Rhythmic melodies 
  • Repeating syllables 
  • Gap texts 
  • Laryngeal ascent exercises 

Our speech therapists set up communication notebooks or memory notebooks to help patients better interact with the world around them. 

Speech therapy also plays an active role in facial paralysis recovery.