Bobath Concept

What is the Bobath Concept?

Patient utilizing walking poles during her neuro rehab

Neurological physiotherapy is the treatment of individuals who have neurological impairments; for example Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s disease, and Cerebral Palsy. One effective approach in neurological physiotherapy is called the Bobath Concept.

The Bobath Concept was first developed in the 1950’s by Dr. and Mrs. Bobath for the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and the adult stroke population.  Since then, it has been evolving with the current research and has been redefined.



The Bobath Concept is a problem solving approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals with a neurological condition.  The goal of treatment is to optimize function by improving postural control for task performance and selective movement through facilitation.  The concept focuses on the creation of effective and efficient movement strategies.

The Bobath Concept is a hands on, one-on-one approach with the therapist.  A neurophysiotherapist will help to recover balance in sitting, standing and during walking.  Their goal is to facilitate the communication between the brain and body to create the movements you desire.

Physiotherapist providing various therapies like the bobath concept to a client in Barrie

Useful Resources

Canadian Bobath Instructors Association:

International Bobath Instructors Training Association:

IBITA - International Bobath Instructors Training Association