Cerebral Palsy is a group of movement disorders that usually take shape into early age and affect movement and muscle tone or posture. “Cerebral” means having to do with the brain and “Palsy” means weakness or problems with using the muscle. Because of damage to certain parts of the brain, voluntary or involuntary movements or both can be affected. People with cerebral palsy tend to have a normal lifespan, and in many cases, a good quality of life can be expected.
Types of Cerebral Palsy:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Children suffering with spastic cerebral palsy struggle to control their movements, eating and speaking ability.
It is divided into 3 categories:
- Spastic hemiplegia– It affects the leg, arm, and hand on one side of the body.
- Spastic diplegia– It involves muscle rigidity, primarily in the legs.
- Spastic quadriplegia– Most severe type of cerebral palsy. Spastic quadriplegia occurs when there are significant brain malfunctions.
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: Dyskinetic cerebral palsy is also known as Athetoid cerebral palsy. The Dyskinetic CP child have problems with walking, sitting, maintaining posture, and speaking clearly because the tongue and vocal cords are hard to control. Some children even have problems in controlling facial muscles.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Children with ataxic Cerebral Palsy have problems with balance and coordination. They might be unsteady when they walk. Most children with ataxic cerebral palsy have normal intelligence and good communication skills, but some may have erratic speech.
Risk Factors of Cerebral Palsy:
- Low Birth Weight/Preterm Birth
- Multiple Gestations
- Infections & Fever during pregnancy
- Blood factor of mother & foetus are different
- Infertility treatments
- Exposure to toxic chem
- Infancy & Injury
- Not getting proper vaccinations
Causes of Cerebral Palsy:
- Gene mutations that lead to abnormal development.
- Maternal infections that affect the developing foetus.
- Foetal stroke, a disruption of blood supply to the developing brain.
- Bleeding into the brain in the womb or as a new born.
- Infant infections that cause inflammation in or around the brain.
- Traumatic head injury to an infant from an accident or fall.
- Lack of oxygen to the brain related to difficult labour or delivery.
Sign & Early Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
- Late achievement in crawling, walking, or speaking ability.
- Hearing and eyesight problems, problems controlling bladder and bowel movements.
- Seizures, Drooling, and problems with feeding, sucking, and swallowing.
- Overdeveloped or underdeveloped muscles, leading to stiff or floppy movements.
- Stiff muscles that contract abnormally.
- Poor coordination and balance, known as ataxia.
- Involuntary, slow writhing movements.
Treatment of Cerebral Palsy in Ayurveda
In Modern Medicine, Cerebral palsy cannot be cured completely. Various supportive aids and meditation with physiotherapy are seen as an effective treatment Whereas “Ayurveda” observes Cerebral Palsy as a neuro-biological, multisystemic, developmental disorder.
Ayurveda Medical care deals with the multipronged approach of diet, daily regime & lifestyle, intake of herbal medicine and therapies which aim at the correction of Ailments (doshas) at the level of Cortex/brain and at systemic level.
The correction of metabolic issues responsible for such conditions (Vata Dosha and Pitta dosha) calms down the sensory overload and corrects one’s metabolism concurrently. This helps the brain to revitalize the new cells and reduces spasticity.
In Ayurveda, Classical “Panchakarma”(panch means 5 & karma means therapies) Treatment is done for cerebral palsy that controls the Nervous system, Physiological function and corrects Metabolism (Vata, Pitta and Agni). The therapies focus on:
- To get their metabolism right.
- Medicines are given to strengthen the brain.
- To make the brain focus on certain things
- To make their muscular spasticity go.
- boost up medicines that give strength to the brain for fast-growing & act as per the age.
Special and advanced therapies improve the child’s different body movements. It will also work on oral motor functioning by strengthening facial, throat and neck muscles to coordinate breathing, talking, chewing, swallowing and digestion.
Special herbal (Natural) Medicines to work on Brain and making it powerful enough to give a better growth and future.
The treatment lasts for 30 days in a hospital under the team of expert doctors. The prognosis with this treatment is 75%.
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