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Communication problems are when a person is unable to speak or maybe understand another person in one way or another. Communication problems can be a primary reason that they suffer physiologically or is can be secondary to a neurological problem. A person with a communication problem may find it difficult to get their point across or to be understood by the person they are communicating with. Physiotherapy is beneficial for anyone who suffers from communication problems as they can work with an individual’s treatment programme ensuring it works the best way for them. Making it easier for the individual to get the most out of their treatment.

What types of communication are there?

There are several common types of communication these include:

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Thisis the normal process of communication, it is carried out using words and speech. Communicating and understanding messages from others using speech.

Non verbal
This is the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless messages (no speech), it can be gestured through touch, body language or posture by facial expression and body contact.

There are two types of communication problems these include:

This is when an individual is unable to express or communicate to another person what they are wanting to say or do.

This is when an individual is unable to understand what another person has said to them.

Our physiotherapists believe it is important to communicate effectively with someone who has a communication problem so that they can get the most out of their treatment.

What are the common reasons for a communication problem?

There are several common reasons that can cause a person to have communication problems. They are mainly the result of neurological problems. Our physiotherapists commonly treat patients who have communication problems secondary to their illness.


Communication problems are commonly dealt with by physiotherapists secondary to other illnesses people maybe suffering. At
  • We have experienced physiotherapists who are used to working with adults with communication problems.
  • We can provide longer assessment and treatment sessions to get the most out of each physio programme.
  • We have a good understanding of every condition and how to manage it so the individual can get the best out of their sessions.
  • We can teach not only the individual affected but their guardian/carer or family member the treatment plans so it will help the individual to continue outside of the clinic.
  • We will do our best to find the most suitable way of making communication easier so the individual can get the best out of their treatment.


A communication problem is when a person has difficulty communicating with another person. Communication problems can be expressive or receptive and communication itself can be verbal or non-verbal. At, our physiotherapists will find the best possible way for you to get the most out of your treatment session whilst taking into consideration any communication problems you may have.

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