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How PhysioFunction can help if you have had a stroke

Our team of expert therapists combine their clinical expertise with the knowledge and understanding of the latest advancements in rehabilitation technology to implement a personalised treatment program. Some examples of the therapy you may receive include:

  • Hands-on facilitation and re-education of normal movement patterns
  • Soft tissue techniques to release and mobilise tight muscles
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) walking, hand function, cycling and cross training.
  • Saebo products (aid recovery of hand/arm function)
  • Virtual Reality devices like MindMotion Go / GripAble
  • Gait and balance training – use of the LiteGait, G Move, AlterG
  • Functional strength and resistance training in our PFit studio with expertise from our Sports and Exercise Therapists and Personal trainers
  • Assessment and trial of specialist orthotics to assist with Foot Drop
  • Jobskin body garments for sensory and proprioceptive feedback
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy
  • Access to specialist Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy services
  • Mirror therapy
  • Group exercise- We are also able to offer group exercise with our multi-level Neurofit classes which are currently being delivered via Zoom following assessment from one of our specialist Physiotherapists. Your Physiotherapist will be able to assess and determine which class may be suitable for you.

What is a 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.

There are 2 different types:

An Ischemic Stroke is a blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, ultimately causing a brain infarction (the 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. This can be caused following an injury or sudden rupture of blood vessels in the brain due to an underlying condition.

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. Due to the damage to the brain tissues the connection between the brain and your body is affected. This causes weakness in muscles, stiffness of muscles and joints, lack of awareness of the affected side of the body, and lack of sensation on the affected side, along with pain and other discomforts. Research suggests that starting rehabilitation sooner can enhance recovery and improve the quality of life post-stroke.

Rehabilitation Treatment for Stroke

Once out of the acute (immediate) stage following a stroke, you will be treated in a rehabilitation setting or the community.

Physiotherapy – Specialist therapy can help with different challenges faced by people affected by Stroke (Neurological Physiotherapy). The common aims of rehabilitation can be:

  • Improvement with walking
  • Improving arm and hand function
  • Reducing shoulder pain from shoulder instability or weakness
  • Enhancing mobility by addressing any dragging of the foot
  • Reducing stiffness (spasticity) in limbs and muscles
  • Addressing weak and/ or stiff muscles
  • Re-educating movement patterns through natural and assisted technology methods.

Occupational Therapy – An OT can assist with the activities of daily living, help make adaptations and provide equipment for home and mobility. They will also support you in returning to work and leisure activities.

Speech and Language Therapy - A SLP can provide support, treatment and advice in communication, speech and swallowing.

Medical Management – Monitors and prescribes medication for pain relief, muscle spasms, and mood.

Psychologists, Dieticians and experts from other professions may also be involved.

We currently accept the following Private Medical Insurance