Principles of Bobath Approach


K. Bobath & B. Bobath developed treatment designed to increase normal movement patterns in children with cerebral palsy & adult with acquired hemiplegia. Their treatment focuses on restoring normal movements & eliminating abnormal movements.

 Bobath principles

  • The goal of the treatment to retrain normal movement responses on the patient’s hemiplegic side.
  • The therapist should avoid activities & exercises that increase abnormal tone to strengthen abnormal movement responses & should use treatment techniques to suppress or eliminate these patterns.
  • The therapist should use treatment activities & exercises that encourage or strengthen normal movement patterns in trunk & extremities.
  • The therapist should help the patient use existing motor control on the hemiplegic side for functional performance.
  • When the patients lacks adequate strength & control of the affected arm & leg for normal functional/occupational performance. The therapist should develop compensations & adaptations that encourages use of the affected side & decrease the development of abnormal movement & asymmetrical postures.

Published by GajananBhalerao

DR. GAJANAN BHALERAO (PT) MPTh Neuro, NDT Adult (USA), Motor relearning (Australia), Aquatic therapist (Switzerland). Associate professor at Sancheti Institute College of physiotherapy, Shivajinagar, Pune. Founder Director of "School of neuro rehab and aquatic therapy" , speciality centre for neuro rehabilitation of stroke, brain and spinal cord injury. Mobile : 9822623701,

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