Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common motor and movement disability in children. 1 in 345 individuals are diagnosed with this condition, more commonly in boys. There are 34,000 people with CP living in Australia. Each child may be affected differently even though the symptoms are relatable. A common misconception is that CP is just the one condition, when in fact; it is a group of neurological disorders and disabilities
How Cerebral Palsy affects individuals:
What is Cerebral Palsy?:
CP is a physical disability characterised as a movement disorder in which the individuals’ movement can be severely affected. This condition is permanent, however, does not generally worsen with time.CP is usually the result of damage to the brain during pregnancy or after birth while still developing, however, the exact cause of CP is difficult to determine due to the many different ways this can occur. This can include but is not limited to:
Cerebral Palsy Risk Factors:
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy:
Types of Cerebral Palsy:
There are three main types of Cerebral Palsy classified based on the individual is affected including:
From there, Cerebral Palsy can be classified base on severity:
How exercise can help Cerebral Palsy:
Due to the effects of CP, the individuals’ functional strength, and independence to perform certain activities are impacted, which often leads to sedentary behaviour and reduced activity participation out in the community. Exercise can be used as a means to increase an individual’s capacity and ability to perform activities.
By performing a combination of resistance and aerobic exercise as well as other goal-oriented exercises, individuals can experience the following:
This helps increase physical independence it also reduces the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Not only does exercise help with physical independence, but also has many psychological benefits such as:
If your child is not reaching the milestones mentioned above, you may need to contact your GP, paediatrician, and if they require guidance in order to become more physically independent, come see your Exercise Physiologist.