Bobath Therapy for Adults

A proven treatment concept used worldwide for people with motor disabilities caused by neurological dysfunction.

History and Today

The successful concept of the Bobath method was developed from Berta Bobath, Honorable Doctor (physiotherapist, born 1907 in Berlin, deceased 1991 in London) and Dr. Karel Bobath (neurologist/psychiatrist, born 1906 in Berlin, deceased 1991 in London). Both have dedicated many years of their lives to observe and treat patients with cerebral damages. Their extensive experiences and discoveries are the foundation of this therapy, and the continued development of the Bobath Concept is a result of the advanced research of the brain and the experiences of dedicated specialized therapists in particular.

The Bobath Concept and its implementation

This therapy concept is based on principles of neurophysiology and developmental neurology, including the patient’s whole personality, guided by his capabilities and goals. Any dysfunctions in all stages of rehabilitation and developmental neurology are taken into consideration. Ideally, the treating therapist will make use of inter-professional cooperation with occupational and speech therapist, as well as physicians and nursing staff.

Bobath is explicitly described as a concept, and not as a method. There are no required techniques, methods, or exercises that can be applied to all patients equally. Rather, it considers the patient’s individual capabilities and limitations, and integrates those into the therapy.

Bobath Therapy is frequently used with adults suffering from conditions or trauma of the central nervous system, such as:

  • Craniocerebral Trauma
  • Stroke / cerebrovascular accident / apoplexy
  • Paraplegia
  • Hemiplegia, quadriplegia, pareses
  • Apallic Syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Brain tumor

Additional neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease as well as multiple sclerosis, can benefit from using Bobath Therapy.

Not so long ago, patients with damage to the central nervous system were considered cases of long-term care. As a result of advancements in medical procedures, and targeted therapeutic measures, such as Bobath Therapy, significant rehabilitation results can be achieved today.