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Guillain Barre Syndrome

Guillain Barre Syndrome is a serious autoimmune condition affecting the peripheral nervous system. It occurs when the immune system attacks the nervous system, causing inflammation of the nerves. This results in numbness of the upper and lower limb and can also affect respiratory muscles.

Symptoms can affect both sides of the body and include:

  • Pain, tingling and numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Co-ordination problems / balance issues

As the condition progresses, muscle weakness can lead to:

  • Temporary paralysis of the legs, arms and face
  • Temporary paralysis of the respiratory muscles
  • Vision loss
  • Reduced ability to speak, swallow or chew
  • Reduced bladder and bowel control

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in Guillain Barre Syndrome in order to restore range of movement and function. Therapists focus on relieving pain and muscle stiffness through:

  • Movement and exercise
  • Manual therapy
  • Hydrotherapy / Aquatic therapy
  • Heat / cold therapy