GIGER MD® Cerebral Palsy Therapy
Infantile cerebral palsy refers to brain damage with serious consequences for the motor functions. Learn more about the disease!
Infantile Cerebral Palsy – Basic Information about the Disease
Infantile cerebral palsy is a collective term for damages to the brain before or during birth. The possible causes are varied. They range from a lack of oxygen to infections.
The consequences are just as wide-ranging. Movement disorders including various distinct levels of paralysis are of particular significance. The underlying brain damages cannot be healed. Yet, the appropriate therapy may well relieve the obstacles created by this injury and ensure a higher quality of life for those affected. GIGER MD® therapy occupies a special position among the possible treatments in that it can significantly improve neurological disorders such as paralysis.
Symptoms of this disease
The various symptoms of cerebral palsy can be summarized as follows:
- Spasticity: Around 80% of children suffering from cerebral palsy are suffering from spasticity. Due to a hypertonus of the muscles, this leads to serious limitations in the movement and posture abilities.
- Spastic Diparesis: Approximately 20% of all patients are affected and spastic diparesis usually only affects two limbs, mostly the legs, or the arms in rare cases. Learning to walk is difficult for the children in question.
- Spastic Quadriplegia: Around 40% of patients develop spastic tetraplegia. This means that all four extremities and the muscles of the entire body are more or less affected. A posture, in which the upper arms are pressed to the body and inwardly rotated forearms extend outwards, is typical. The legs are straight and turned inwards; the hips are hyperextended. In addition, spastic tetraplegia is accompanied by a pointed foot position.
- Hemiparesis: In case of hemiparesis, which affects about 40% of all affected children, one half of the body is impaired. In most cases, the arms are more strongly affected than the legs. While this means that most children are able to learn how to walk, a less viable leg leads to a skewed posture of the entire body. Further functions are frequently impaired as well.
- Athetosis: About 8 – 20% of cerebral palsy patients are affected. Unlike spastic paralysis, an override of the movement system occurs in this case. The children that are affected often perform uncontrolled and bizarre movements. The hands and feet are especially affected. Gripping is difficult; pronunciation and swallowing disorders might also occur. Patients find it difficult to focus their gaze. Even in slight cases, there is a constant risk of falling when walking.
- Ataxia: In its appearance, it is often similar to athetosis. A “stilted gait” and difficulty in the coordination of movements are two of the symptoms. The damage to the vestibular system is of central significance.
Treatment of cerebral palsy
The cause of cerebral palsy cannot be undone. Possible therapies thus focus on mitigating the consequences and ensuring as healthy of a development as possible.
Therein, GIGER MD® therapy has proven to be particularly successful. It directly affects the central nervous system and opens up a possibility for significant improvement even in case of severe paralysis.
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