Alternating hemiplegia, hemiplegic migraine

What is hemiplegia?

Hemiplegia is a condition, the effects of which are similar to a stroke.

What causes hemiplegia?

Hemiplegia is caused by damage to the brain (most often before or around the time of birth).

What are the symptoms of hemiplegia?

Hemiplegia results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body.

In one child this may be very obvious (he or she may have little use of one hand, may limp or have poor balance); in another child it will be so slight that it only shows when attempting specific physical activities.

Approximately half the children have additional diagnoses such as epilepsy, visual impairment or speech difficulties. Other challenges can include perceptual problems, specific learning difficulties or emotional and behavioural problems.

Once the disorder begins, the symptoms don’t get worse.

Are you affected by hemiplegia?

Treatments can include:
Modified constraint-induced movement therapy (mCIMT)
Assistive devices
Mental imagery
Electrical stimulation

If you’re affected by hemiplegia, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with hemiplegia, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with hemiplegia from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Looking to talk to someone?

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Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with hemiplegia

It will be very tough to see your child go through Hemiplegia, some things you can encourage and adapt to make them as comfortable as possible are:

Stay active to the best of your ability.
Modify your home with assistive devices like ramps, grab bars, and handrails.
Wear flat and supportive shoes.
Follow your doctor’s recommendation for assistive devices.

Source: Health Line

Make sure you look after yourself as much as you look after them. If you need any assistance, or just need a friendly chat, we have lovely counsellors who can take your call.

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with hemiplegia? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including hemiplegia, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on hemiplegia and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Support groups


A closed Facebook support group for families affected by hemiplegia.


Other charities


HemiHelp is now part of the charity ‘Contact

Contact’s free helpline 0808 808 3555

Epilepsy Society


Helpline: 01494 601 400

Stroke Association


Phone: 033 3033 100