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Learning to live with a neurological injury or condition can be challenging. The experienced physical, occupational and speech therapists at University of Missouri Health Care’s Mizzou Therapy Services can help guide you through treatment to recover from an injury and/or lessen the symptoms of a neurological disorder.

Neurological conditions we treat

Our therapists offer treatment for the following conditions:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, this nervous system disease causes progressive muscle weakness.
  • Brain injury and concussion. Injury from a blow to the head or severe shaking of the head and body.
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome. When the immune system attacks and damages the nerves, causing weakness and even paralysis. 
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS). When the body’s immune system destroys the protective covering of the nerves.  
  • Parkinson’s disease. A central nervous system disorder that often starts with tremors of the hand and eventually affects movement. 
  • Spinal cord injury. Damage or a cut to the spinal cord, resulting in temporary or permanent paralysis.  
  • Stroke. When blood flow to the brain is disrupted, which can cause brain damage. 

We also work with people who have rare neurological disorders not mentioned above. Contact us at 573-884-2642 if you don’t see your condition listed.

Specialized neuro rehabilitation treatments we offer

We offer several specialized treatments for people with neurological conditions or injuries. Our therapies include:

Integrated therapy system

Our therapists use the latest technology, including an integrated therapy system, as shown below.

This interactive touchscreen device with 16 programs can help you improve:

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  • Dynamic standing balance
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Motor planning
  • Reaction time
  • Standing endurance
  • Visual attention
  • Visual memory
  • And more

Our therapists measure your progress over time to customize your therapy sessions, making the most of your time and meeting your specific needs.

Gait and safety system

Man using Gait and safety system

If you are not able to support your bodyweight on your own, your therapist may have you use our gait and safety system. Using dynamic bodyweight support equipment, you can experience success in sit-to-stand exercises, balance training and practicing activities of daily living.

Your therapist may recommend this technology if you are recovering from a stroke, are adjusting to life after an amputation or have experienced a brain or spinal cord injury.

LSVT for Parkinson’s Disease

The MU Health Care Mizzou Therapy Services staff uses Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

We use several components of this program, including:

  • LSVT Big. Occupational and physical therapists use LSVT Big to promote high amplitude (intensity) movements in people with Parkinson’s disease. It’s based on the principle that the brain can learn and change (neuroplasticity).
  • LSVT Loud. LSVT Loud is used by our speech and language pathologists to improve vocal intensity in those with Parkinson’s disease. The program is specially designed to help improve speech and voice disorders.

Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s disease

We offer Rock Steady Boxing classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Based on a number of medical studies, these classes offer rigorous, no-contact exercises to improve:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Balance
  • Core strength
  • Flexibility
  • Gait
  • Posture
  • Range of motion

Wheelchair evaluations

We offer wheelchair evaluations and recommendations to ensure your wheelchair is suited to your needs, comfortable and easy for you to use.