What is Huntington’s Disease?
Huntington’s is a degenerative brain disease which gradually stops parts of the brain working over time. It is hereditary and is usually fatal approximately twenty years after symptoms first appear.
Huntington’s can cause problems with movement, learning, thinking and emotions. The disease will gradually attack the central nervous system over a long period of time, with symptoms worsening and making it more difficult for the brain to co-ordinate the body. Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease include difficulty concentrating, poor memory, depression, stumbling and loss of balance, and mood swings.
Huntington’s is hereditary, so a parent must carry the gene for someone to be at risk of developing Huntington’s. A child of a parent with Huntington’s will have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. The disease comes from a faulty gene which causes the brain to become damaged over time, thus resulting in a slow progression of symptoms.
While there is no cure for Huntington’s, treatment and support can help to reduce the symptoms and offer an improved quality of life. These treatments are unable to stop or slow down the progression of the disease, with management of symptoms being the main focus.
A speech and language therapist can support with communication, eating and swallowing, while an occupational therapist can assess your home to make sure it is adapted to your requirements. Physiotherapy is a good way of managing physical problems such as poor balance and movement. It is important to stay active as it can help you both physically and mentally.
At Flex Health, our team of experienced neurological rehabilitators will work closely with you to manage the physical symptoms associated with Huntington’s Disease. This will involve carrying out a comprehensive assessment of your needs and identifying the best ways in which we will be able to manage your symptoms. Our team will work closely with you, your family and any carers to ensure that we are best supporting your changing needs.
Depending on how advanced your condition is, our aim will be to encourage and maintain functional movement. We will also look at gait training, balance and fall prevention and management. Manual therapy will be implemented to reduce spasming and to get the joints moving and stretching.
Our team will always be on hand to offer you support and guidance to help you cope with the symptoms of Huntington’s disease.
What will my treatment involve?
Your treatment will involve a combination of manual therapy such as massage, and physical therapy. This could mean using some of our equipment or practising functional movements.
What equipment will I be using?
At our facility, you will have access to the latest rehabilitation technology. This includes:
FES cycle •
Anti-gravity treadmill •
Vertimax machine •
Exercise-assisted hoist •
Do I need a referral?
At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.