Physiotherapy and Post-stroke Recovery: Benefits Explained
Post-stroke patients should start with a physiotherapy recovery program. This is important to regain their independence, endurance and muscle strength. Physiotherapy rehabilitation can:
- lead to better recovery
- help in amplifying the ability to perform basic skills like bathing, eating, dressing and walking
- restore strength and endurance
- enhance balance and coordination
- strengthen the brain’s neuroplasticity
Moreover, the physiotherapy program is developed to align with a patient’s needs and health condition.
Read further to know how physiotherapy can help you in your recovery journey.
Benefits Of Physiotherapy For Post-Stroke Recovery
- Better Movement
According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, physiotherapists can provide circuit training, and help patients walk better with more independence. Also, to improve the patient’s balance, physiotherapists can include exercises that range from strength training and core stability.
“Physiotherapy enables people to relearn lost abilities, regain independence and reduce the risk of further strokes” – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
2. Restores Strength And Reduces Risk Of Falls
Post-stroke patients can experience muscle weakness and loss of movement in certain affected body areas. As a result, they are more prone to falling accidents. The physiotherapist can develop a program to include exercises that can restore muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls.
A range of exercises can be done which include: supported reaching and grasping, single leg mini squats and mini lunges.
Check out some post-stroke exercises videos here
3. Enhances Balance
A stroke can damage the brain and the neurological messages responsible for maintaining balance and stability.
However, with the proper physiotherapy exercises a post-stroke patient’s balance and coordination can be restored.
Not only do these exercises enhance balance, but they also strengthen the mental connections in the brain that help in gaining balance.
Check out this guide for basic, intermediate and advanced post-stroke physiotherapy exercises here
For basic balance exercises, heel raises are a good example. You can hold onto a chair for support while raising your tiptoes up and down slowly. Moreover, for more advanced exercises you can try single leg standing. In this exercise, you can slowly raise one leg while the other leg is helping you to balance.
To Wrap Up
Physiotherapy can enhance motor skills, balance, muscle strength, and endurance in post-stroke patients.
Starting a customized physiotherapy program which involves positive coordination between the patient, family, nurses and therapists is essential.
The road to recovery can have ups and downs. However, as long as you take the first step, you are on the right track!
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