Cerebral palsy has been the biggest inspiration for the work we do at Moti Me. Our first product that we are developing was originally designed to help my younger cousin, who has cerebral palsy. My family and I have experienced first hand how challenging it can be to find products to help him practice physiotherapy at home - so this was the main inspiration for the brand.
CP is caused by a problem with the brain that can develop before, during or after birth. It is a condition that affects someone's ability to move, maintain balance and co-ordination.
Symptoms can include:
- Delays in reaching developmental milestones
- Weak arms or legs
- Stiffness or too floppy
- Uncontrolled movements
- Walking on tiptoes
- Speaking problems
- Visual impairment
- Learning disabilities
Severity of symptoms can vary and there is no cure for cerebral palsy. Those with CP might practice physiotherapy, occupational therapy, take medication (for muscle stiffness) and sometimes surgery.
Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain or when the brain does not develop normally, although the exact cause is not always clear. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen, parts of the brain become damaged and cannot function as normal.
Problems before birth may occur when the unborn child has reduced oxygen supply, when the mother catches an infection or a stroke. Problems after birth may occur if the person has an infection, a serious head injury, a stroke or a lack of oxygen to the brain.
To read more, please visit the NHS Cerebral Palsy page.