Physiotherapy for Stroke
People who have suffered from a stroke will benefit from specialist neurological physiotherapy. Physiotherapy treatment should commence as soon as possible following injury for the best possible recovery.
After a stroke many people experience difficulties performing everyday tasks which can make life more difficult. Neurological Physiotherapy will provide treatment that will enable you to reach your maximum potential and make everyday tasks easier to achieve.
An initial assessment with a neurological physiotherapist will set short and long term goals tailored to your needs to help promote independence and improve your quality of life. During treatment sessions your neurological physiotherapist will lead you through a graduated programme of functional exercises focused around daily tasks which aim to:
- Increase muscle strength
- Stretch tight muscles to encourage lengthening and reduce stiffness.
- Promote normal movement
- Repetitive exercise to recruit muscles and increase control of movement of the arms, legs and trunk
- Exercises to get the affected side of the body working more effectively.
- Correcting and varying position to improve balance and coordination.
- Reduce pain and muscle spasms
- Teach transfers (rolling, moving in bed, sit to stand etc)
- Build stamina and increase energy levels through different exercises
- Promote independence with activities of daily living
- Advice on orthotic devices and walking aids to encourage.
Neurological physiotherapy will support and advise you through your treatment and focused upon your individual symptoms.