If you or someone you know is a stroke survivor you understand that the effects of a stroke may be life changing. Some stroke survivors have to relearn their whole way of life. Rehabilitation is one of the most important phases of recovery for many stroke survivors, it may allow them to return to independent living.
What is the purpose of post-stroke physical therapy? Since strokes often cause paralysis on one side of the body, they may lose function in either one arm or leg. Physical therapists would work with stroke survivors to keep these muscles toned and stimulated. It is important to know that rehabilitation or post stroke therapy doesn’t reverse the effects of a stroke, its main goal is to build back strength, capability, and confidence.
Physical therapists help stroke survivors with problems in moving and balance, and they suggest exercises to strengthen muscles for walking, standing, and other activities.
Here are only some of the benefits of post stroke physical therapy:
Stimulates affected muscles and nerves
Maintaining circulation and prevents stiffness
Relearn basic muscle movements
Relearn complex bodily movements
Improving balance, coordination and other basic skills
Enhancing quality of life
Your physical therapy regimen will most likely revolve around specific goals that you and your physical therapist set together. It may be as simple as being able to safely walk across the room with walker, stand alone, etc.
Basic exercises that patients will perform with their physical therapists will help them relearn basic coordination skills and retrain the brain to perform functional tasks such as walking and grasping objects. Our goal is to help patients quality of life and be able to perform tasks they did pre-stroke. If you have any questions about post stroke therapy, any of our other services or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 516-293-0565.