At Severn Physiotherapy, we have specialist Neurological Physiotherapists who can help you to recover after your stroke.
Following a stroke the brain cannot re-grow cells to replace those that have been damaged. However, the brain can adapt to give new pathways to perform the old tasks. Receiving support from an experienced Physiotherapist can support this process, allowing you to re-learn movements.
What Can a Physiotherapist Help With?
Strokes can have a wide range of effects, many of which can be helped by Physiotherapy. The most common issues people find they need support with are:
- Mobility issues, such as rolling over in bed, standing or walking
- Returning to exercise and sport
- Balance problems
- Problems moving your arms
- Stiffness in your joints (Spasticity)
How Does a Physiotherapist Help?
The Physiotherapist will start by undertaking a thorough assessment. This will include hearing your story of how you have recovered from your stroke so far, looking at how you move and discussing what’s important to you.
They will use this information to set goals that are specific to your needs and wishes, such as being able to walk up stairs or prepare food. They will set up a treatment plan that works for you. This will include a range of techniques but may include:
Exercise This may include general advice on staying active; “functional” work to focus on a particular skill or strengthening and stretching to improve the movement of a particular muscle group
Orthotics These are pieces of equipment to help support a particular joint
Advice on equipment There are plenty of pieces of equipment that will make your day to day life safer and easier
Hands-On Therapy This involves touch to help to activate a particular muscle group or improve movement
If you’d like your friends or family to be involved in your treatment there are usually plenty of ways they can join in with treatment.
If you’d like to know more about this service, get in touch for a no obligation chat to see if we can help.
All information contained in this post is general; we encourage you to seek individualised assessment and treatment from a relevant healthcare professional. We endeavour to regularly review our posts to make sure all information is in accordance with recent guidance and research.