Using Nerve Stimulators To Help Manage Cerebral Palsy

March 21, 2013 |

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The majority of us have seen someone in public who appears to have significant difficulties in controlling their movement. They may have trouble moving and speaking or experience spastic movements that can appear incredibly painful. One of the common reasons that individuals may have such challenges is because they have the condition Cerebral Palsy.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a non-degenerative disorder that primarily affects an individual’s motor or muscle control. The term Cerebral Palsy does not refer to a single condition but instead refers to the general set of such muscle tone and movement disorders with their varying levels of severity. The disorder can be further divided into the spastic, ataxic or athetoid varieties. As the names suggests the spastic variety refers to strong uncontrolled movement. The term ataxic refers to uncordinated movements and the athetoid describes overly tense or overly relaxed muscles.

The exact variety and severity of the condition that a person has will affect whether the individual also has to overcome verbal difficulties, learning disabilities and muscle pain.

The condition can result from birth injuries and medical errors, but it may also occur for reasons that are less understood. However, recent medical studies have found that the use of peroneal nerve stimulators may improve how well an individual with Cerebral Palsy is able to move and control their body, thereby improving their quality of life. More information on these studies and on peroneal nerve stimulators can be found below.

What Are Peroneal Nerve Stimulators?

First, the peroneal nerves are part of the sciatic nerve and these nerves run down an individual’s legs allowing them to move and feel sensation in the front and sides of their legs. These nerves also allow people to move their feet. Understandably, when these nerves are damaged, an individual will lose sensation in this area and will not be able to move or control these limbs in a regular manner.

With this in mind, Peroneal nerve stimulators are devices that excite these nerves. The electrodes from the device pulse electricity into an individual’s body which stimulates the nerves and can improve nerve sensation and movement. When done regularly over a period of time, these treatments can essentially ‘wake-up’ the nerves allowing them to regenerate and function again.

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