A Stroke Physiotherapy is a sudden ‘brain attack’ that occurs when the blood flow to part of the brain is cut off. Usually, this is due to a blood clot.
Stroke Physiotherapy is more common in men and in people over 55, although it can occur at any age. A family history may increase the risk, as can lifestyle factors such as diet, drinking alcohol, smoking, and lack of exercise, but sometimes there is no obvious cause.
Physiotherapists play a key role in your healthcare team while you are in a hospital and afterward. The healthcare team will provide you with a rehabilitation programme to help you become as mobile and as independent as possible. As part of your rehabilitation, your physio will provide treatment tailored to your specific needs.
Depending on the severity of the stroke, physiotherapy can help you with getting your muscle control and strength back. A physio may also work with continence nurses to help you with bladder control if that is a problem for you. They will support you and those around you throughout your rehabilitation, to get you back to your everyday life as well as you are able.
Stroke Physiotherapy has been shown to work through clinical studies and research and is a treatment you can trust.
Your first session with a physio will include a detailed assessment. From this, the physio will create a personal rehabilitation programme for you that meet your needs. With support from the physio, you will be encouraged to set your own goals, wherever possible. They may use a range of treatments to aid your recovery.
So that your physio can have a good look at how you move, they may need you to remove some clothes. It’s a good idea to have comfortable clothing and suitable underwear. Everything you tell the physiotherapist will be completely confidential.
Physios are the third largest health profession after doctors and nurses.