Infantile Cerebral Palsy
Infantile Cerebral Palsy is merely a general diagnosis covering the group of clinical syndromes and signs caused by damage to the child’s central and peripheral nervous system.
The most common clinical syndromes have a number of typical characteristics:
-trophic changes in the brain and spinal cord caused by various types of injuries,
-qualitative adverse changes in the formation of the articular surfaces of the bones involved in the distribution of body weight,
-frank devascularization of body organs and tissues - most evident at the periphery of the upper and lower extremities,
-lowered resistance to viral and bacterial infections.
But polymorphism of the brain and spinal cord damage received during pre-natal development and/or during labour creates in each individual case a somewhat different picture.
A short list of the root causes producing the range of conditions that are diagnosed as infantile cerebral palsy would include:
Rh-factor incompatibility of mother and fetus,
hypoxia of the brain and spinal cord cells,
pathogenic effects of the mother’s bacterial flora,
Identification of the root causes of the pathology seen in any individual patient requires careful and thorough evaluation; but finding such an “explanation” is necessary to choose the rehabilitation techniques and procedures that provide the most complete compensation for the motor disorders and delayed psychomotor development of that specific child.
It is necessary to manipulate the body’s organs, tissues and functional systems directionally; and it is especially important that the manipulations should be directed to the damaged areas of the brain and spinal cord by stimulating the closest nerve cells that are not damaged.
The physical activity of a person is to a considerable degree automatic. However, in the case of the cerebral palsy patient, reactions are improperly formed in the “executor”, that is, in the spinal cord, because the “command device” located in one or more brain areas has already been compromised in some fashion.
Scientists studying the recovery of human potential after various injuries or diseases, claim that in early childhood, there are there are few if any diseases that cannot be cured, especially if intervention takes place during the first three months of life when a child's brain is especially plastic. Unfortunately, this statement does not apply to many diseases with genetic causes.
Our method for rehabilitation of damage to the central and peripheral nervous system is flexible enough to provide rehabilitation in stages.
In order to develop compensatory physical reactions, it is necessary to provide directional stimulation of the body’s functional systems and organs, as well as areas of the brain and spinal cord. Simultaneously one should be promoting anatomically correct development of the medium, and large joints of the child’s skeleton, in conformance with age-specific considerations.
Combining individualized with systematic approaches achieves long lasting results that do not disappear after the conclusion of practice at the rehabilitation center.
The child gains the ability to sit, stand and walk independently as well as to serve himself without assistance.