Our Therapy and Beyond Centre is underpinned by our rehabilitative philosophy and treatment approach. The programme comprises an integrated, holistic treatment package which considers rehabilitation of both the body and the mind. Developed to meet each of our patients’ unique needs, the programme is made up of the following key phases:
Patients are readied for an intensive rehabilitation programme. Blood pressure control is emphasised, muscle spasms/contractures are stretched or released, and secondary complications such as pressure sores have to be dealt with before a patient can progress to PHASE TWO.
The regeneration of damaged nerves and neural re-wiring (neuroplasticity) are the key areas of focus. This phase of treatment attempts to correct any nervous system functionality which may have been lost due to injury; new neural pathways are formed, and the ability to recruit new muscle fibres are improved. PHASE TWO requires intense concentration in order to cognitively re-connect with the neurons that activate muscular contractions.
To enable the generation of sufficient force in the limbs. PHASE THREE is critical to the treatment programme, and has to be mastered before a patient can become weight-bearing.
Involves the initiation of muscle contractions once a stable posture has been developed in PHASE THREE. The patient will progress to a point where they have sufficient strength to perform activities which are essential for daily living, and are able to perform such activities independently. Critical to this phase of the treatment programme will be the facilitation of a functional walking pattern.
Aims to improve co-ordinated movement. The patient is in the process of changing as they will now likely have the functions needed to move and control their arms and legs, but will likely not yet have the co-ordination to walk unaided. The development of proper walking techniques needs to be established to avoid a poor and inefficient walking regime during PHASE SIX, the final phase of the Therapy and Beyond Centre rehabilitation programme.
Involves advanced functional walking and training for those patients who are able to walk, with or without adaptive aids. PHASE SIX is unique to each patient’s individual goals; while one patient may aim to walk upright in a shopping centre, another may wish to participate in competitive sports.
Biokinetics involves health promotion, the enhancement of physical abilities, and final phase rehabilitation by means of scientifically-based physical activity programme prescription. Our team of biokineticists specialise in the management and rehabilitation of complex neurological and orthopaedic cases.
Physiotherapy encompasses assessing, treating and preventing movement disorders in our patients to enable the highest possible level of mobility. Our core physiotherapy services comprise movement and exercise, manual therapy (soft tissue massages, dry needling, etc.), education and, relaxation techniques, and advice regarding suitable walking devices
Our occupational therapists strive to assist people with physical, cognitive, or functional impairments to regain their highest level of independence in self-care, leisure, and work activities. This is typically achieved through home and work assessments, caregiver training, issuing of assistive devices, hand therapy and splinting, cognitive training, visual perceptual training, sensory re-training and work hardening.
Our speech therapists support our patients in the assessment and treatment of speech disorders and communication challenges. This is achieved through developing problem-solving, memory, and organisational skills geared towards improving cognitive communication, improving conversational tactics, breathing exercises for resonance, and exercises to strengthen oral muscles.
Hydrotherapy is highly effective in the treatment of neurological conditions and is generally more focussed on slow, controlled movements, and relaxation. It assists with the relaxation of muscles, helps to relieve joint pain, assists with swelling and circulation, improves range of joint movement and muscle strength.
Our Peer Support Programme, which comprises a private WhatsApp Group and public Facebook Group, focuses on the mental wellbeing of our clients and promotes social integration. It allows patients to connect, share their experiences, and encourage and support each other. Our Peer Support Programme is effective in building camaraderie amongst our clients, as well as reinforcing the view that no-one needs to undertake their rehabilitation journey alone.
Brandon’s parents, Mark and Annette Beack, often give of their time to offer support, advice, and guidance to families who have been impacted by injuries which have resulted in a disability. Because of their personal journey caring for, and supporting, Brandon, they are able to encourage the family members of our patients. Very often all of the focus tends to be on the patient, when carers and family members require motivation and inspiration too.
The paralympic movement, started in 1948 by Sir Ludwig Guttman, sees sport as a rehabilitative tool for individuals with disabilities as well as a means of promoting a more inclusive society. While sports participation might not be everyone’s preference, it is encouraged as a final component of the rehabilitative journey. We also support aspiring and established athletes by means of tailored, individualised sports performance training programmes.