Monday, December 29, 2008

Holistic Therapies for Cerebral Palsy Patients

I found the following post on We've consulted with a dietition and have looked into acupuncture and biofeedback (see post on ABR) for our son. At any rate, I found it to be an interesting list of holistic therapies for CP.

Step 1:
Try consulting a nutritionist, who can show you how to monitor what your child eats. Diet plays a big part in how severe cerebral palsy symptoms are. Foods that contain additives and preservatives can exacerbate your child's condition. You may also need to get your child checked for any food allergies, so you can avoid serving things that might be toxic. Go for a healthy diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains and unprocessed foods.

Step 2:
Investigate acupuncture. Find a licensed, certified practitioner and see if a few sessions achieve any results. The object is to insert thin steel needles into certain areas of the body that stimulate the part of the brain that is damaged and ease other physical problems a cerebral palsy patient may have. This is not painful at all.

Step 3:
Biofeedback has been used to help with cerebral palsy symptoms. This treatment involves having electrodes attached to the skin, with the purpose of reading the body's biological signals, which are then intensified. This results in a feedback which can assist the brain and increase movement.

Step 4:
Body work may help. This may involve any number of holistic therapies, such as reflexology, rolfing and massage therapy. These can help relaxation, improve the circulation of the blood, aid in diminishing muscle spasms, and ease pain in those who have cerebral palsy

Step 5:
Consider trying the Alexander Technique. It helps improve balance, helps the cerebral palsy patient with developing more coordination and increases range of movement. This may be accomplished in several sessions that take place over a designated period of time. The biggest challenge may be in locating someone who teaches this particular method of healing.

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