How PhysioFunction Can Help with Stroke.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells.

Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke:

An Ischemic Stroke is a blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, ultimately causing a brain infarction – or death of brain tissue. Ischemic Stroke accounts for approximately 80 % of all Stroke incidents. Ischemic Strokes can also be caused by either an abnormal narrowing or thickening of the artery wall. Also called Embolic Stroke or Thrombotic Stroke.

A Haemorrhagic Stroke is bleeding into or around the brain. Such strokes account for approximately 20 % of all strokes. Also called Intracerebral Haemorrhage or Subarachnoid Haemorrhage.

Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood (Ischemic Stroke) or when they are damaged by sudden bleeding into or around the brain (Haemorrhagic Stroke). When blood flow to the brain is interrupted, some brain cells die immediately, while others remain at risk of death.

PhysioFunction’s highly specialised neurological physiotherapists are able to deliver tailored stroke rehabilitation programs.

A Stroke may affect different areas of your body. Common areas which can be enhanced through Neurological Physiotherapy include:

  • Improving walking
  • Improving arm and hand function after Stroke
  • Reducing post-stroke shoulder pain from shoulder instability or weakness
  • Enhancing mobility by addressing any foot dragging
  • Reducing spasticity in limbs and muscles
  • Addressing weak and spastic muscles
  • Re-educating movement patterns through natural and assisted technology methods, such as:

Sometimes patients have been told that they have reached a point where they will no longer improve.

From our experience, we have seen improvement in clients many years after the onset of their condition. With determination and help from our specialist team of Neurological Physiotherapists, PhysioFunction can help clients regain movement and function long after they have been told they have ‘plateaued’ in their recovery after stroke.

Too Many People Are Written Off After Strokes - Jan's Story

Posted on 2nd July

Too many people are written off after strokes. I may never recover fully but my quality of life has improved tremendously through PhysioFunction support.

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From our clients


Everyone has been been so kind and creative, suggesting new ideas to help my weak side get stronger. I am back at work now and very grateful to the team who have helped me achieve that goal.

Following my stroke in September 2011, which left me with left-sided hemiplegia, the team at PhysioFunction have really helped me to climb the huge mountain of recovery, giving me emotional and moral support on the long journey to recovery.

Using a variety of techniques and tailoring the programme to me and my needs, the team were there for me when the Community rehab team stopped supporting me. I still have a long way to go but PhysioFunction remain positive and ultra supportive just as the going is getting tougher. Everyone has been so kind and creative, suggesting new ideas to help my weak side get stronger. I am back at work now and very grateful to the team who have helped me to achieve that goal.

To find out more about our services or how we can help you, please contact PhysioFunction or call 0800 043 0327