Emily by her Mother
Cerebral Palsy Spastic diplegia
We started treating our daughter Emily at Advance in April 2007. She was then 5 years and 11 months. Emily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia at two years of age.
Emily walked at 19 months, but was restricted by lack of balance, internal rotation from the hip and predominantly right-sided spacticity in the gastrocnemious muscle. Emily was a poor sleeper with a delicate digestive system.
Treating causes with TST
We were accidentally introduced to Advance through a friend last year. The idea of treating the cause rather than the visible symptoms of Emily’s condition seemed to make sense to us. So far conventional medicine had offered us only a form of management that appeared to have unacceptable side effects and no long term solutions.
Dramatic changes in three weeks
When we first arrived at Advance we were excited, having been through endless consultations with doctors and therapists it was so refreshing to meet a team of people who believed in a whole body approach based on sound physiological principals. Following our first visit to Advance we saw dramatic changes within the first 3 weeks. Emily had never slept well and she now slept through the night for the first time and her snoring reduced so much so that at times she slept totally peacefully, something she hadn’t done before. We also saw improvements in her digestion.
Emily’s improvements continue, she has learnt to skip and ran in a race on sports day, she falls less and her balance is better, recently she learnt to ride a bike without stabilizers.
She scooters to school and can now balance with both feet on the scooter downhill. Physically her body has developed by her chest widening and her shoulders opening up.
Paediatrician very impressed with progress
Emily saw her developmental paediatrician who was very impressed with her progress and commented that Emily’s spine and hips are straight. Friends also commented that they noticed how her gait has improved; her shoulders are more level when she walks.
Now Emily has become more flexible at the hips, she sits comfortably cross legged, something that was very difficult for her before, her stamina for walking also seems to get better and her balance continues to improve, she is now very fast on her scooter.
Academically Emily’s concentration continues to improve; she is now at national level for reading. Although TST has to be integrated into family life we remind ourselves of the progress Emily has made and that it makes a lot more sense than anything offered before.