Charcot marie tooth, or CMT, is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the muscles and nerves. It is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, which is the protective layer around nerve fibers. This damage disrupts the communication between the brain and the muscles, leading to weakness and loss of sensation in the limbs. CMT can affect people of any age, but it is most commonly diagnosed in adults.
There are four main symptoms of charcot marie tooth: muscle weakness, loss of sensation, balance problems, and foot deformities. These symptoms can vary from person to person, and they may change over time. Some people experience mild symptoms while others have more severe symptoms.
There is no cure for charcot marie tooth, but there are treatments that can help manage the condition. Some common treatments include physical therapy, occupational therapy, braces and orthotics, and medication. Exercising is also a key part of managing charcot marie tooth. Pilates is a great exercise choice for people with CMT because it strengthens the core muscles and improves balance and coordination. For individuals whom struggle to work against gravity, Pilates is a great option for minimising the effect of gravity whilst building and maintaining functional strength.
If you have been diagnosed with charcot marie tooth, don't hesitate to ask your doctor for help. There are many treatment options available, and with the right support, you can live a full and healthy life with CMT. We hope this blog post has been helpful. If you would like more information on how to better manage your condition with movement and exercise, book an appointment with one of our Tarragindi physiotherapists - available seven days a week
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