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Hereditary ataxia

Ataxia is a term for a group of disorders that effect coordination, balance and speech. Symptoms and severity can vary depending on the type of ataxia. Different types of ataxia include Acquired (symptoms develop as a result of damage to the brain or nervous system), Idiopathic (late-onset where the brain is progressively damaged over time) or Hereditary.

Hereditary ataxia is caused by faulty genes that a person inherits from their parents. Symptoms slowly develop over years and most common types of hereditary ataxia include Friedreich’s ataxia and spinocerebellar ataxia.

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Symptoms of Hereditary ataxia

  • Balance problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mobility problems
  • Speech/swallow problems
  • Visual problems
  • Skeletal problems/changes over the years (in particular, scoliosis)
  • Sensation problems
  • Coordination and problems with finer motor dexterity tasks such as writing, eating (hand to mouth)

How our Physiotherapy Supports Hereditary Ataxia

People with hereditary ataxia will experience varying symptoms. At Neurotherapy Worx we can help by:

  • Providing neurological physiotherapy input to help improve balance and strength
  • Provision of specific balance/strengthening programmes either at home and/or at a gym
  • Postural exercises/education
  • Rehabilitation to help maintain independence around the home along with assessment and provision of aids/assistive devices where required
  • Assessment and provision of walking aids
  • Gait re-education
  • Sensory exercises
  • Virtual reality based therapy to help improve coordination, balance, mobility
  • Referral to an orthotist (splinting/supports), wheelchair services, sensory impairment team, driving assessment centre if required

How Does Neurotherapy Treatment Work?

Neurotherapy Process

We hold a brief conversation with you about what problems you struggle with and how you need help

We capture your personal details, discuss the costs and timings and arrange an appointment

During your first appointment, you share your goals with us and we conduct a physical assessment

We work with you to build a personalised treatment plan, during a scheduled period of intervention

We may prescribe some exercises to help you to address weakness, move more efficiently and improve your quality of life

We regularly review your progress and adjust your goals as you make improvements

What’s a Treatment Plan?

Neurotherapy Treatment Plan

Why Work With Our Team?

Patient Centric

Patient Centric

Motivational, personalised and tailored care, based on your individual goals and fully adapted to your abilities

Home Visits

Multi Skilled Team

Our expert team work together when required, fully communicating to deliver the fastest and best outcomes

Home Visits

Fully Experienced

With extensive, hands on practical career experience of working in hospitals, clinics and the community

Why Trust Us for Your Treatment?

Qualified Specialists

Qualified Specialists

Fully HCPC, CSP, Physio First, CPD, DBS accredited with proof of up date memberships upon request. We’re member of the aquatic therapy association of chartered physiotherapists (ATACP) and association of paediatric chartered physiotherapists (APCP) and association of chartered physiotherapists in neurology (ACPIN).

Innovative Therapies

Innovative Therapies

By staying ahead of cutting edge industry treatments, we bring you new and unique support and options. We believe in staying ahead of technical advances within our industry to deliver the best levels of care. We research and use the latest medical devices to support our neurological therapies. See our therapies pages for more information.

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Trust Us with your Data

We’ve invested in the latest, GDPR compliant IT systems for accurate patient record keeping. Our systems match the stringent data protection standards within the healthcare industry, enabling us to communicate fluidly with your other care providers and deliver collaborative care.

Home Visits

Our friendly team visit you in your home. Following our assessment, we support you with activities of daily living that you would like to carry out more easily. Our team are enhanced police checked.

Attend Our Clinic

 Attend our fully equipped clinic for a full assessment & tailored treatment plan. Specialist equipment is available to support your activities & develop your skills, enabling you to achieve your personal goals

Neurological Problems We Help With

Walking Issues

Balance Problems

Coordination Problems

Visiospatial Disfunction

Sensory Loss







Body Alignment

Body Alignment


Range of Movement

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Reduced Muscle Tone

Neurological Conditions We Support

• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Balance Problems
• Brain Injury
• Brain Tumours
• Cerebral Palsy
• Dementia

• Functional Neurological Disorder
• Guillain-Barré Syndrome
• Hereditary Ataxias
• Motor Neurone Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis

• Muscular Dystrophy
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Spinal Deformity and Injury
• Stroke

What Does Tailored Care Mean?

Neurological Problems

A Hands on Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan evolves around you – Entirely bespoke way of adapting movements

Incremental Goals

Incremental Goals

Small goals are adapted as your personalised treatment plan evolves and incremental goals are achieved

Your Confidence Levels

Your Confidence Levels

Supportive equipment is adapted to you and your individual confidence levels, abilities and goals

Your Own Personal Motivations

Your Own Personal Motivations

Based on goals that each individual person is actually motivated to achieve

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