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Workshop on cerebral palsy conducted

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Dutch physiotherapist explains techniques to parents of suffering children

Photo: R. Ashok

THE method: Nicoline, physiotherapist, explaining play therapy in Tiruchi on Wednesday. —

TIRUCHI: The significance of play therapy in children affected by cerebral palsy were explained at a workshop held at the Spastics Society of Tiruchi here on Wednesday.

The techniques and methods were also demonstrated.

Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement and posture due to brain damage that may happen before, during or after birth. Although the lesion, once when it occurs in the brain, does not progressively worsen or improve, there may be improvements in the condition due to training and therapy. Physiotherapy plays a vital role in bringing about an improvement in the motor development of a child with Cerebral Palsy.

Conservative treatment consists mainly of passive exercise that may be too dulland at times painful too. But functional exercise on the other hand is interesting and effective and it always produces better results than passive exercise. Play therapy is one such form of functional exercise that enhances the level of performance in the motor area of a child with cerebral palsy. Play therapy, otherwise known as Circomotricity, is a therapy which makes exercises more playful by integrating them into small games, contests, dexterity tasks and acrobatics. It demands an active attitude of a child, more initiative and working together with a parent, therapist or other children.

The child has to do exercises that involve muscle strengthening and stretching, coordination and balance, endurance. It involves more areas of the brain than passive movement and that will have result when the child has to do something to which it isn’t used yet. The child has to plan what he / she wants to do, how to reach that goal.

The resource person was Ms. Nicoline, a physiotherapist from The Netherlands.

K. Ramakrishnan, the Society treasurer, in his inaugural address, stressed the need for greater acceptance and understanding of the condition and exhorted the parents to involve themselves in the training programmes offered by the centre.

C. Shanthakumar, the society Director, stressed the need for networking of the organisation working of the cause of disabled.

Students doing physiotherapy course and staff members from other organisations attended the workshop.

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