What are Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders are disorders which affect the nerves in our body. This can be both nerves in the brain (as with a stroke) or nerves in the peripheral muscles (as with Motor Neurone Disease). Neurological conditions often result in abnormal activation and functioning of a variety of muscles which can often include muscles of breathing in and muscles of coughing out. When these muscles are affected training is essential to improve ability to breathe, function and ability to clear the airways.

Neurological conditions we often see include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Strokes
  • Multiple Sclerosis


How can Functional Lungs help with Neurological conditions?

  1. Reduction in Hospital Admission

Normal physical development and activation of the skeletal muscles if often altered in neurological diseases. Although often overlooked, this often includes abnormal development/function of the respiratory structures (lungs, ribs, tummy and shoulder muscles). This altered respiratory functioning significantly increases the chances of developing chest infections and requiring hospital admissions for pneumonia - both which severely impact capability for rehabilitation and quality of life. At Functional Lungs we can assist in the strengthening and development of the respiratory structures to reduce the chance of respiratory complications.

2) Improve Trunk control and movement

The breathing muscles are highly important in balance and posture. New 2018 clinical trials and demonstrated and improvement in balance, function and quality of life by performing strengthening and development of breathing muscles in children with cerebral palsy.

3) Feeding and swallowing

A high rate of breathing (fast breathing) can significantly impair feeding and swallowing. Training of the breathing muscle can reduce the breathing rate and allow more effective and efficient swallowing and feeding.