Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

What is Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a medical condition that affects the way the brain and nervous system communicate with the rest of the body. It’s often helpful to think of your brain as a computer. In someone who has FND, there’s no damage to the hardware, or structure, of the brain. It’s the software, or program running on the computer, that isn’t working properly. That’s what happens in FND; the brain tries to send signals to the body, but they don’t always work as intended.

Symptoms of Functional Neurological Disorder

FND can cause a variety of symptoms such as:

  • Muscle weakness: You may feel that your muscles are weak or have difficulty moving.
  • Tremors and tics: You might notice that your body trembles or twitches uncontrollably.
  • Abnormal movements: Your movements may look unusual, uncoordinated or appear as seizures.
  • Sensory disturbances: You might have trouble with your senses, such as tingling, numbness or difficulty feeling hot and cold.
  • Speech difficulties: FND can cause issues with speech, such as stuttering, slurring or difficulty speaking altogether.
  • Pain including fibromyalgia: You may experience painful sensations that have no clear cause.
  • Fatigue: You may feel fatigued or lack energy, even with plenty of rest.

What causes Functional Neurological Disorder?

The specific cause of FND is not fully understood, but it has been linked to a wide range of contributing factors including:

  • Psychological factors, such as trauma, stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Physical factors, such as injury, illness, or infection
  • Environmental and lifestyle factors, including poor diet and lack of sleep

How Neuro Physiotherapy can help treat Functional Neurological Disorder

FND is known for being a variable condition with each individual having their own unique set of symptoms. Neuro Physiotherapy is often extremely helpful in treating FND, by helping remind the body how it should move.

At Burscough Neuro Physiotherapy, we take a holistic and individualised approach, which means that we tailor our treatments to meet the unique needs and abilities of all of our patients. Treatment often involves specialised exercises, techniques, and therapies designed to help with posture, movement control, muscle strength, and stability.

If you or a loved one are currently living with functional neurological disorder and are looking for help with treatment, then get in touch. Our friendly and experienced team are here to help you on your road to recovery.

Here at Burscough Neuro Physiotherapy, we are able to provide treatments at our fully equipped rehabilitation centre which is based in Ormskirk with accessible parking and toilet facilities. We also provide neuro physiotherapy home visits. We cover a wide area across the northwest of England including Liverpool, Southport, St Helen’s, Ormskirk and surrounding areas.

We are happy to provide a free telephone consultation with one of our neuro physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of FND to see how we can help you.

For all enquiries please call our friendly reception team on 01695 574317 or make an Online Enquiry