A stroke is a sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by either a rupture or blockage of its blood supply. It is one of the leading causes of disability. After a stroke you may find that you are more dependent on others or aids to help you function day to day, or the need to adjust your way of living so you can still lead a meaningful and enjoyable life.

Many people after surviving a stroke are told that their abilities won’t improve or that there is no further structural recovery. This is not true. No matter how long since your stroke, there is possibility of functional improvement. This can be achieved with the right intensive therapy, support and programs.

Common challenges:

  • Paralysis of muscles

  • Loss of sensation

  • Loss of vision

  • Inability to speak

  • Slowed or disordered thinking

  • Loss of coordination

  • Fatigue

  • Poor sleep

The role of a neurological physiotherapist in stroke:

Neurological physiotherapists are physiotherapists with additional training and expertise in treating problems related to the brain, spinal cord, inner ear and nerves. With our understanding of neuroscience, we can help anticipate challenges and difficulties you may have related to where your stroke occurred. We combine this knowledge with movement analysis and clinical reasoning, to provide you with an effective treatment approach and neurological rehabilitation program tailored to you.

What our skilled therapists can offer:

  • Strength training

  • Constraint induced movement therapy

  • Sensation and balance retraining

  • Training of your postural control and transitioning between postures

  • Hands-on facilitation of optimal movement patterns

  • Soft tissue mobilisation and/or stretching for specific areas as part of a sequence of treatment

  • Advice on the neuroscience of skill development and transfer into your daily life

  • Prescription of a home exercise program

  • A home visit or pool visit to maximise treatment effectiveness beyond the clinic

  • Education on how to best support your own health and recovery

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