Sensory Integration Therapy

What is Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration therapy organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment. It involves activities that are believed to organize the sensory system by providing vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory and tactile inputs.

Who is benefited from sensory integration therapy?

  • Children suffering from Sensory Processing Disorders like who are having difficulty in understanding the information they get from touch, movement and gravity and cannot understand what they hear and see.
  • Individuals with Autism spectrum disorder and others who have Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder and learning disabilities are benefited from the sensory integration therapy.

What are the benefits of sensory integration therapy?

  • Helps adults and children by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way
  • Helps to maintain optimal arousal and attention for learning
  • Structured activities in a playful, non-threatening manner eradicate fear and develops positive thinking and behaviour
  • Build physical balance and development
  • Reduction in sensory defensiveness
  • Encourage socialization and engagement
  • Reduce negative physical emotions
  • Improves confidence and attention

When do therapists recommend sensory integration therapy?

The therapy is recommended by experienced and certified sensory integration therapist after a detailed evaluation and analysis of your child’s responsiveness to the surroundings. Ideally, the therapy is advised in cases of Sensory Processing Disorders like-

  • Sensory Over-Responsivity – quick or intense response to sensory stimuli
  • Sensory Under-Responsivity — slow response to sensory stimuli
  • Sensory Seeking/Craving – actively seeking sensation often in socially unacceptable way
  • Postural Disorder- difficulty stabilizing the body during movement or at rest to meet demands of a motor task
  • Dyspraxia: difficulty translating sensory information into planning and/or sequencing movement
  • Difficulty using both hands and feet at the same time (bilateral coordination)
  • Reduce negative physical emotions
  • Improves confidence and attention

Who gives sensory integration therapy?

At Synapse Physio, we have experienced therapist in sensory integration therapy who design a customized program especially for your child to meet his/her developmental needs. The therapist will plan the Sensory Diet Activities Specific to your child based on assessment to maintain optimal level of organization throughout the day and will monitor and review the progress along with you regularly.

Dry Needling Therapy

Dry Needling therapy – Intra Muscular Dry Needling also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling, is a technique which targets the trigger points in the myofascia & helps in reducing the localized & referred pain.

Dry Needling- What is the treatment all about?

Dry needling can be described as a technique that involves the use of sterile and thin filament needle which is inserted into your muscle to help reduce pain and enhance function by releasing myofascial trigger points.

How does Dry Needling help?

Dry needling helps reduce muscular pain and improve function by restoring the natural ability of the muscle to expand and contract by liberating myofascial trigger points. It also enhances the normal physiological pain recovery mechanism by release of hormones such as serotonin.

Conditions can be treated with dry needling technique?

  • Muscle spasm
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Low back pain
  • Capsular tightness
  • On-field injury
  • Ankle sprain

When do dry needling therapists recommend Dry Needling Treatment?

  • To aid pain management
  • To promote local healing
  • To release muscle knots(myofascial trigger points)
  • Restore joint movement in case it is constrained by myofascial trigger points.

How does it feel while undergoing Dry Needling Treatment?

During Dry Needling by a Physical Therapist, you may encounter a mild sensation when the needle is inserted and withdrawn. Generally, no discomfort is reported by patients during needle manipulation.

Is Dry Needling treatment safe?

We all are different and our body responds differently to different treatments and the same is applicable for dry needling treatment too.

Apart from the benefits of this treatment, you may encounter some side effects that may not be severe. You may encounter temporary side effects like soreness & fatigue of a muscle which will disappear in 5-6 hours of time period.

Is exercise recommended after Dry Needling?

Generally, the physical therapist recommends you avoid vigorous activities immediately after the treatment. As your body needs some time to recover post-treatment, you should not indulge in strenuous activities. However exercises can be started with the guidance of a physiotherapist 24 hours post needling.

Neuro Developmental Therapy

What is Neuro-Developmental therapy?

Neurodevelopmental therapy, a problem solving approach is commonly used in treating movement dysfunctions in children with CNS disorders. NDT focuses on enhancing the sensation of movement through the internal and external sensory feedback mechanisms through a motivating functional play therapy which makes the child an active participant in therapy.

At Synapse Physio, we have NDT trained therapists who design a customized program especially for your child to meet his/her developmental needs. Our expert therapist guides you and your child about the complete program and will monitor and review the progress along with you regularly.

Benefits of Neurodevelopmental Treatment

  • Allow functional movements on optimal postures to be incorporated into daily activities to avoid further impairments & abnormal patterns of movement.
  • Utilize Key Points of control to enhance movements.
  • Assist children with the cerebral palsy who having difficulties with postural control and movement on attempting to rise against gravity.
  • Enhance functional cortical reorganisation for improving the child’s function, social participation and quality of life.

Neurodevelopmental Treatment in Physical Therapy

Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) is a sensory –motor approach used by physical therapists / occupational therapists. The approach was designed to improve the function in children and adults with difficulty managing movement due to neurological disorders like head injury, stroke or cerebral palsy etc. Preference is given to attain Mobility over a strong Trunk stability, movement is enhanced through a sensory motor experience.

Core Focus in Neurodevelopmental Therapy

For us every child is special and there can be delayed development in many children especially in areas of thinking skills, motor skills, language, social skills etc.

We understand the causes may differ like genetic, Birth/ late injuries etc. But our objective is to offer a treatment that proves to be effective for every child with developmental problems and adults with Functional movement dysfunctions.

Our physical and occupational therapists work towards providing these children a new environment where they can improve on their development. Along with their families, we try to give them a new life where the developmental issues would never be a concern or barrier for the child to explore the environment.

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