Advice and Information on Physiotherapy following a Stroke
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or blocked causing damage to this area of the brain. The effects of a stroke on an individual may vary widely. In Ireland 1 in 5 people will have a stroke at some time in their life, approximately 10,000 people will have a stroke in Ireland this year.
How can Physiotherapy help?
A Chartered Physiotherapist will help you with your physical recovery. The goal is to help you become as independent as possible in everyday tasks such as standing, walking and using your weak hand. Early individual assessment by a Physiotherapist who specialises in stroke is important. Physiotherapy;
- Improves flexibility
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces risk of falls
- Helps weight loss
- Builds strong bones
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves energy and mood
- Improves posture and balance
- Lowers stress
Your exercises should be part of your daily routine to maximise your recovery after your stroke
What will happen when I visit a physiotherapist?
Your Physiotherapist will assess your individual needs and provide a treatment program to suit you. There are a number of different ways in which a Physiotherapist can help you to recover after your stroke:
- Strengthening weak muscles
- Improving your walking
- Getting the best function from your weak arm and hand
- Improving your cardiovascular fitness
- Managing cramps/muscle pains
- Coping with fatigue
- Providing you with aids/splints to help your walking
- Providing you with your own exercise programme
- Working to increase your balance
- Providing education on secondary prevention of further stroke and stroke related condition
Useful links and resources
- Physiotherapy following a stroke leaflet
- Irish Heart Foundation
- CSP Physiotherapy Works (Stroke) leaflet
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