What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscle control and movement. It is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth.
How can it affect someone?
There are different kinds of cerebral palsy, which affect people in different ways:
- Spastic cerebral palsy – Present in around 75-88% of people with cerebral palsy, this means muscle tone is tight and stiff, causing a decreased range of movement. As the muscle tone is so tight, it can be very painful, with muscles often going into spasm. It can affect many different areas of the body.
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy – Sometimes referred to as dystonic, athetoid or choreoathetoid cerebral palsy, it is present in about 15% of people with cerebral palsy. It causes uncontrolled, sustained or intermittent muscle contractions, often accompanied by slow, rhythmic movements. The whole body can be affected which can make it difficult to maintain an upright position. Speech can also be affected as the person may experience difficulty in controlling the tongue, vocal chords and breathing.
- Ataxic cerebral palsy Ataxia – Defined as an inability to activate the correct pattern of muscles during movement, balance is affected and the person may have poor spatial awareness in relation to things around them. It’s present in about 4% of people with cerebral palsy and can affect the whole body. Most people with ataxic cerebral palsy can walk but they will be unsteady. Speech and language can also be affected.
- Mixed cerebral palsy – Many people with cerebral palsy will have a combination of the above types. You may also come across terms such as hemiplegia or diplegia. These terms refer to the part of the body affected by the cerebral palsy. For example, hemiplegia means that the person is affected on one side of the body.
What does Revitalise offer?
Drawing on over fifty years’ experience, we offer holidays for people with over 150 different disabilities, including cerebral palsy. Our centres are purpose-built and fully-accessible and every aspect of your holiday is tailored to your needs. The relaxed settings and newly-refurbished rooms provide the perfect place to get away from it all, but it is our friendly and expert staff and nurses that set our holidays apart: at Revitalise, you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands.
Our breaks go far beyond traditional respite, but amidst all the fun, we are committed to providing the best standards of care available. Our trained care staff are on hand at all times to support you, giving you the space to enjoy a real holiday.
If you have any queries about the care we provide, please call our friendly bookings team on 0303 303 0145 or send us an email. You are also welcome to see what we do for yourself before booking your break, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit to one of our centres.