Specialists at Seha Garden International Hospital offer a wide range of rehabilitative treatments for children with cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular disorder that interferes with movement, muscle coordination, and gait.
Intensive rehabilitative treatments often begin during early childhood and are designed to improve muscle control, manage spasticity, and help your child develop confidence. Some children continue to work with physical and occupational therapists through adulthood.
At Seha Garden International Hospital, all aspects of your child’s rehabilitative care are coordinated by a physiatrist, which is a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine. This centralized approach makes scheduling treatment simpler for parents, and it ensures that information about your child’s treatment is shared among experts and can be easily explained. This approach also allows the physiatrist to monitor how each type of treatment benefits your child’s total development, and to adjust therapies as needed to optimize the results.
Rehabilitation services may be provided at the following types of facilities:
Physical and Occupational Therapy
One of the defining physical characteristics of cerebral palsy is spasticity, which is unusually stiff, rigid, or tight muscles. Spasticity reduces a child’s ability to control muscle movement, especially in the hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Spasticity may also cause exaggerated reflexes, making movements look erratic or jumpy. Our physical therapists offer simple stretching and strengthening exercises to help relax tight muscles. Additional exercises to increase muscle tone may help a child with cerebral palsy achieve better control of body movements. Physical therapy is also aimed at improving balance, reinforcing posture, and reducing the risk of joint problems due to uneven gait.
Occupational therapists help children control movement and coordination in the hands, which can help with writing, eating, dressing, and other routine tasks. Therapists help children who have more severe symptoms to find creative ways to meet everyday challenges.
Some children with cerebral palsy may have difficulty forming words and speaking clearly. This inability to communicate is often frustrating for a child. Speech pathologists increase a child’s oral motor skills and communication acumen by using exercises that train the brain to pronounce, understand, and interpret individual words, sounds, numbers, and gestures. Our speech-language pathologists are experienced in working with children who have neuromuscular disorders. They can design a speech therapy plan tailored to your child’s needs.
Our cerebral palsy team offers recreation therapy to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills of children and young adults with the condition. This also helps children to translate the skills they learn in physical and occupational therapy into their everyday activities. Recreation therapy allows children to combine practical skills with fun, social experiences that often take place outdoors.
Please send us an up-to-date medical report (in German or English). As soon as our team of doctors has assessed the patient’s condition, Seha Garden International Hospital will send you an individual quotation.
Regular clothing and nightwear (bedclothes will be provided)
Bathing wear (dressing gown and bath slippers will be provided)
Drugs (drugs for your neurological treatment will mostly be provided)
Tracksuit / sportswear
Splints / supports etc.
You live in a comfortable room suitable for wheelchairs, with balcony and a spacious bathroom. Most of the rooms face South, with a view over Lake Constance. All rooms are equipped with a comfortable electric bed, telephone, internet access, TV set and room safe. Your will find a hair dryer, dressing gown and bath slippers.
Seha Garden International Hospital offer many additional services, e.g. your personal newspaper, fresh fruit, mineral water and, of course, attractive programmes for your leisure time and excursions.
The Seha Garden International Hospital offers all international patients a predetermined number of therapy hours per week. The treatment schedule will be prepared individually for each patient and adjusted to the patient’s health status.
The Seha Garden International Hospital is equipped with highly specialised therapeutic devices. The Allensbach site has a swimming pool for hydrotherapy and also provides ultramodern therapeutic machines e.g. the Vector system (for gait training) and the Armeo system.
You need to pay in advance to ensure payment of the incurring costs. If your payment exceeds the sum stated in the final invoice, the overpaid money will, of course, be refunded. If the sum stated in the final invoice exceeds your advance payment due to unforeseen complications, we will ask you to pay the outstanding amount.
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