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Physiotherapy for Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome

Physiotherapy can be highly beneficial for individuals with Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS).

Individuals with FACS can experience a variety of difficulties which can be treated by Physiotherapy. Common difficulties experienced by individuals with FACS, which can be helped by physiotherapy include:

  • Hyperextensible joints.
  • Developmental delay.
  • Delay of gross motor skills e.g. crawling, sitting, standing, walking and running.
  • Delay of fine motor skills e.g. grasping a pencil, writing, tying a shoe lace etc.
  • Balance and coordination problems e.g. unable to ride a bike.
  • Poor fine motor control e.g. difficulty using a knife and fork.

The physiotherapist will carry out a thorough assessment of the individual's physical ability to determine what difficulties the individual is experiencing and also the severity of their difficulties. An initial assessment and a discussion with the client and / their parents or carers will help to decide what the most suitable treatment option will be for their specific needs and abilities.

There are a variety of treatment options available at physiotherapy for individuals with FACS; however the type of treatment given will be dependent on the individual's specific needs, abilities and preference on what they want to work on in therapy.

The main goal of physiotherapy will be to maximise and improve physical strength, posture, balance and coordination. Therapy goals will vary depending on the specific needs and preferences of the individual.

Treatment at physiotherapy may include some or all of the following for individuals with FACS:

  • Physical activities and games to help children develop and improve in their physical milestones.
  • Exercise programmes focusing on improving balance
  • Exercise programmes to build strength
  • Advice and support on positioning to help with postural difficulties
  • Exercises and task to help improve and increase fine motor movements
  • Exercises and tasks to help improve and increase gross motor movements
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massage
  • Advice and recommendations on any physical aids which can support the individuals difficulties

Physiotherapy is highly beneficial for individuals with FACS. Our physiotherapists offer a specialised service with individualised treatment programmes to suit the specific needs and abilities of the individual with FACS. We will work with the individual, their family and other professionals involved in their care in order to gain the best possible outcome form therapy. Physiotherapy will provide a range of treatment, support and advice in order to help the individual maximise their physical ability to their highest potential in their home, school, work and social environments.

If you feel you will benefit from physiotherapy, or would like to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists please email or call 0330 088 6693.

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