Posted on Nov 29, 2007 | Comments 2
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a medical condition that refers to any disorder of movement and posture that develop before birth [birth defects], during delivery or immediately after birth.
It is non-progressive, in other words, the damage to the brain don’t get worse over time.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), doctors use the term cerebral palsy to describe a group of chronic neurological disorders permanently affecting body movement and muscle coordination.
It occurs in the early stages of life, usually during development of fetus; before, during, or soon after birth; or during childhood.
The term cerebral refers to the affected area of the brain, particularly in this case to the outer portion of the cerebrum called the cerebral cortex, the largest part of the brain that is responsible for muscle movement; palsy refers to the disorder of the body movement (the loss of motor function).
The doctors suggest that the cerebral palsy is a result of oxygen deprivation to the brain, which damages the sensitive tissues of the brain that control movements. The damage to the brain is not repairable and the abnormalities that result from brain damage are permanent.
The incidence of cerebral palsy during pregnancy is about 75 percent; during delivery it is about 5 percent and after birth (up to three years) it is 15 percent.
According to the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Foundation, it is estimated that, in the United States, about 800,000 children and adults are living with some form of cerebral palsy.
It is found that, according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10,000 babies in the United States are developing cerebral palsy every year.
Cerebral palsy is not a disease. It is not infectious that can be passed from one generation to the other. Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, brain recovery is possible with parent-driven therapy. It is very effective in helping sufferers develop their motor skills and capability to communicate.
According to the Glenn Doman, the author of the book called What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child, cerebral palsy recovery is possible by treating the brain injury itself, not the symptoms. This book reveals the facts about how parents can make their brain-injured child better with parent-driven therapies.
Parent driven therapy is an intensive therapy course that covers each and every phase of brain injury from the mildest injury to the deepest injury. The therapy consists of the several different ways to enhance the growth and development of the brain injured child (physically, intellectually and socially) in a cheerfully and sensibly way.
The benefits of treating cerebral palsy with parenting driven therapy appear to be very positive. With Parent-driven therapy, the brain can become better and also improves itself to perform functions with the help of other non-damaged parts of the brain.
With this therapy, the cerebral palsy child can able to see, hear, read, write, understand, talk, crawl, creep, walk, run, and can remain healthy all the time.
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