Road to recovery…

A stroke is a sudden ‘brain attack’ that happens when the blood flow to part of the brain is cut off. Usually, this is due to a blood clot.

 

Stroke is more common in men and in people over 55, although it can occur at any age. A family history may increase the risk, as can lifestyle factors such as diet, drinking alcohol, smoking and lack of exercise, but sometimes there is no obvious cause.

 

Effective treatment can help you recover as well as possible from your stroke. Physiotherapists play a key role to help you achieve full physical potential and functional ability.

 

Depending on the severity of the stroke, physiotherapy can help you with getting your muscle control and strength back. As part of your rehabilitation, your physio will provide treatment tailored to your specific needs. Treatment may include gait re-education, movement therapy, task-specific training and falls management.

 

In addition, a physiotherapist can support you and those around you throughout your recovery, to get you back to your everyday life as well as you are able.

Physiotherapy has been shown to work through clinical studies and research and is a treatment you can trust.

 

Top tips for stroke care

  • Your recovery from a stroke will take time – try to be patient with yourself and pace your activities
  • There may be changes in your emotions – don’t be afraid to ask for help to cope with feelings such as sorrow, frustration or anger
  • Keep motivated and practice movements and activities as advised by your physio
  • Ask about what services are available in your area
  • Stroke support groups can provide social contact, as well as help to cope with your condition
  • Stay healthy and enjoy the best quality of life you can.

 

 

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (www.csp.org.uk)

 

 

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