How can I recover from a stroke?
Evidence supports early, high intensity, rehabilitation. In the early stages, a minimum of 45 minutes of Physiotherapy, five days a week is recommended. Rehabilitation begins whilst in hospital. Some clients also attend a period of inpatient rehabilitation to help them return home. This may be followed by community rehabilitation, which is where Estuary Physio can help.
What if I need private Physiotherapy in my own home?
Following a stroke, a Physiotherapist works closely alongside other health professionals to help a client relearn skills they have lost. Physiotherapists work closely with clients, families and the healthcare team to set client-centred goals.
This helps guide our treatment, to improve independence, build confidence and improve quality of life. Treatments may include: Soft tissue massage, functional practice, passive mobilisations, exercise prescription including Pilates, respiratory techniques, constraint-induced movement, functional electrical stimulation, orthotics, weight management, and gait re-education. A general consensus is that the most important element is a carefully directed, task-specific, repetitive programme.
How can I prevent another stroke?
Clients who have already had a stroke are at greater risk of having another. We work closely with other members of the healthcare team to ensure our clients are taking the prescribed medication to manage their risk factors, change behaviours such as taking regular exercise and eating healthy as well as supporting with smoking cessation and reducing alcohol consumption, as needed.
What is the stroke recovery timeline?
Rehabilitation is a lifelong process for most people. We work with our clients to find a way to build it into their life and find a way to make physical activity something that they love and can continue life long. We will help stroke survivors work towards their maximum potential but, there is no quick fix and we do not have a magic wand. Overall, rehabilitation takes time, patience and dedication.