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Sensory problems can include the following deficits: visual, auditory, tactile, taste and olfactory (smell). The problems which can be assisted with Physiotherapy intervention is the person’s tactile sensation. If the sensation of touch is altered it can lead to inappropriate movements and injury. There can be many causes of sensation deficits but all include the neurological system which supplies the muscles, soft tissues and skin with the appropriate information. If this information is misinterpreted or not received the body does not know how to respond appropriately to a stimulus which potentially could cause injury.


Fine motor skills and sensory perception exercises assisted by specialist neurological physiotherapistAbove: Fine motor skills and sensory perception exercises assisted by specialist neurological physiotherapist



Common Causes of Sensory problems seen at Physio.co.uk



Physio.co.uk has seen a variety of causes and injuries which have lead to sensory problems. Some of the most common causes of sensory problems are:
  • CVA (stroke)
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Fractures involving soft tissue and nerve damage
  • Repetitive tasks / injuries
  • Compression injuries
These injuries can all lead to the persons tactile sensation being affected which could cause deterioration to surrounding structures such as muscle viability.


Soft tissue massage to stimulate nerve receptors and improve sensory awarenessAbove: Soft tissue massage to stimulate nerve receptors and improve sensory awareness



Physiotherapy and Sensation Problems



The sensation problems can cause the individual’s sensation to be diminished or intensified. Both types will produce an inappropriate reaction to the stimuli. Physiotherapy at Physio.co.uk can help to normalise sensation through different therapeutic techniques and treatments. Physio.co.uk has experienced Physiotherapists who have treated clients with similar problems. For an expert opinion please contact us or call 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment.


What Physiotherapy Treatments can be expected for Sensation Problems?




Proprioceptive and sensory retraining of fine motor skills by specialist neurological physiotherapistAbove: Proprioceptive and sensory retraining of fine motor skills by specialist neurological physiotherapist



Depending upon the symptoms and cause of the sensation problems will influence the treatments chosen by the Physiotherapist. Some of the common treatments can include the following:
  • Desensitization therapy
  • Stimulation therapy
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Therapeutic handling strategies
As the nerves can be affected the muscles can become weak and shortened due to avoidance to use, therefore this can be included in the treatment sessions.


Improving sensory perception with fine motor skills under supervision from a physiotherapistAbove: Improving sensory perception with fine motor skills under supervision from a physiotherapist



Summary



Sensory problems can be treated with Physiotherapy interventions to normalise sensation and treat any accompanying problems such as muscle weakness. The Physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk are experienced at treating problems which affect a person’s sensation. Please contact us or call 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment today.