Neurological Physiotherapy helps you to relearn how to move again following a stroke. Usually physiotherapy begins immediately after the stroke and may continue for many months or for years later. We know that improvement can still continue long after the initial stroke although usually to a lesser extent.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted causing damage to the tissues of the brain. It maybe caused by a blood clot or a bleed within the brain tissue that results in paralysis of the muscles down one side of the body.
Symptoms may include:
All the above means a person may have great difficulty or be unable to carry out everyday activities such as standing up, walking, dressing or eating.
Fortunately many people make significant progress with neurophysiotherapy. Of key importance is the capacity of the nervous systems to reorganise itself or recover. This is known as neuroplasticity and can be optimised through appropriate rehabilitation and movement re-education from a neurophysiotherapist.
How can Physiotherapy help you?
Our skills in movement analysis and functional rehabilitation places us at the forefront to manage movement problems following stroke.
Through our handling we guide your movements to ensure you relearn to move as naturally as possible and avoid learning bad postures and movement patterns. (ie relearning to use the affected leg again and minimise overuse of the good leg is essential for quality walking) This is in addition to structured exercise to improve strength, balance, walking, fitness and return to activities.
Physiotherapy usually begins immediately after a stroke, when medically stable and starts with a detailed examination and discussion on how we can help you achieve your goals.