Stroke

Here at The Rehab Physio we are able to offer a range of stroke rehabilitation physiotherapy programmes, expertise and technology to provide our stroke patients with an opportunity to regain their independence and improve their lifestyle.

For rehabilitation following a stroke, treatment programmes need to be intensive to allow patients to regain function including balance, strength, muscle tone, coordination and exercise tolerance, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to perform day-to-day activities.

Our team’s experience, combined with the use of robotics and virtual reality (VR) means that we can provide the required intensity of treatment which would not be possible or practical with conventional physiotherapy. This means that our patients often experience more improvement in a shorter space of time.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, leading to death of the brain cells and subsequent loss of function in various parts of the body.

Technically speaking, there are two main types of stroke. One is known Ischaemic, where the flow of blood to the brain is too low, the other is haemorrhagic, where the blood supply is affected by bleeding in or around the brain. ‘Mini strokes’ can also occur, the technical term for these types is transient ischaemic attack (TIA). These are caused by a temporary blockage, and the symptoms only last for a short while.

Why do strokes happen?

In most cases strokes happen as arteries become harder and narrower as we age and are more at risk of becoming blocked. Some medical conditions and lifestyle factors can increase the risk of stroke.

What are the effects?

On the physical side, stroke can cause weakness in the muscles and related movement and body function problems. Often a stroke will affect one side of the body, but sometimes the weakness may be limited to one arm or leg, for instance. The intensity of muscle weakness can vary, from relatively mild effects to complete paralysis of certain areas of the body. Strokes can cause:

  • Difficulty in walking, including a condition known as ‘foot drop’
  • Reduced ability to use hands and arms
  • Shoulder pain as a result of reduced movement
  • Stiff or tight feeling muscles and weakness in limbs and muscles
  • Problems with mental processes, such as perception, memory and reasoning

Strokes may affect the ability to communicate, and people can struggle with things like speaking, reading, writing and understanding. It’s important to realise that communication difficulties don’t mean the sufferer’s intelligence has been affected.

Of course, all the problems that can occur with strokes usually add up to emotional changes too, as patients often have to come to terms with life-changing conditions.

Treatment

Stroke rehabilitation typically involves a team of healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.  In the majority of cases, there will be some recovery from the effects of stroke – the extent of improvement is dependent on many factors, and each case is different.

At The Rehab Physio our stroke rehabilitation physiotherapy helps our patients to regain their strength, balance, co-ordination and mobility to maximise recovery and promote independence following a stroke.

 

Stroke treatments

Stroke Patient Stories

Dom - Tomato Festival land
Dominick's Story
24 year old Dominick couldn't move the right side of his body, walk or talk following a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) which resulted in a stroke...but following two programmes of intensive rehab, he's now climbing mountains, visiting festivals and planning to walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu...
Marellis Pic
Marellis' Story
Marellis was 13 when he suffered paralysis and a cardiac arrest following a major spinal stroke. Funding from The Frenkel Topping Charitable Foundation and the Rooprai Spinal Trust enabled his family to access The Rehab Physio's specialist intensive rehabilitation services to explore his full potential..
Christine - Africa
Christine's Story
Following a stroke, Christine was in a wheelchair when she first approached the Rehab Physio but after a series of physiotherapy sessions with us, she achieved her ultimate goal of going on Safari in Africa and can now walk independently.
Stroke Rehabilitation Physiotherapy
Derek's Story
Having been told by medical professionals that he would not be able to make a 'meaningful recovery' and he would need 24-hour care in a nursing home, Derek has beaten all the odds and is on track to being able to walk again...