The Bobath concept is an evolving approach in neurological rehabilitation. It is a model in the assessment and treatment of patients with acquired neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis and children with cerebral palsy. The Bobath concept was developed by Karel and Berta Bobath in the 1950’s and has achieved international recognition.
The Bobath approach is primarily to observe, analyze and interpret movements and through this, Physiotherapists are able to improve or restore various activities. Treatment is tailored to client’s individual needs and is based upon assessment of their abilities and analysis of their movement. Depending on the patient, rehabilitation goals may work to improve postural control, coordination of movement sequences, movement initiation, optimal body alignment, abnormal tone or muscle weakness.
Physiotherapists practicing the Bobath Approach must participate in extensive post graduate education.