What is a stroke physiotherapy?
Stroke physiotherapy is a specialist type of physiotherapy treatment where the goal is to maximise recovery. The physiotherapist will analyse the impact that the stroke has had on the individual and understand what their goals are for recovery and increasing independence. The physiotherapist will then devise and implement a personalised treatment plan. Common themes of treatment are: gaining sufficient range of movements in joints, improving the flexibility of and strength of muscles, gaining better balance and improving postural stability and increasing the sensory awareness of the affected body parts. This is done through hands-on treatment and the development of a personal plan for you to follow at home between treatment sessions. During treatment, the physiotherapist’s skilled assistance allows the patient’s central nervous system to experience more normal posture and efficient movement. This promotes positive neuroplasticity or ‘re-wiring’ of the brain where connections are built and ‘circuits’ are re-modelled to promote recovery.
How long after a stroke should physio continue?
Progress is usually most rapid in the first few weeks and months following a stroke. If possible, this is an important time to optimise rehabilitation input. As time goes on, the capacity for improvement slows down. However, we have seen many people who have made more progress than they ever imagined possible, even years after a stroke, following treatment at Leeds Bradford Neurophysiotherapy.
With careful analysis, and specialist knowledge of the best treatment options, our physios skilfully deliver treatment and support for best possible recovery after strokes, taking into account how long ago the stroke took place. Individual treatment programmes supplemented by professional information, advice, support and encouragement are incredibly valuable whether they are started weeks, months or even years after a stroke.
Stroke treatment at Leeds Bradford Neuro Physio
At Leeds Bradford Neurophysiotherapy, we are very experienced in stroke physio. While we treat many different neurological conditions at our practice, approximately half our patients see us for stroke treatment. Everyone who has had a stroke requires a bespoke treatment plan. To develop the plan, our specialist physiotherapists analyse the individual’s stroke and the impact it has had on different areas of the patient’s functionality. They use their expert knowledge of the central nervous system, and how different systems work together within it, to target areas which are functional to help each individual reach their goals.
Our physios are passionate about the delivery of ‘hands-on’ therapy. We know that skilled handling makes an enormous difference to the progress people make following a stroke. Hands-on physio treatment is a major influence in enabling people, to achieve their potential and return to improved activity and independence.
Treatment sessions at Leeds Bradford Neurophysiotherapy are active and during each session it is expected that significant change is seen; this is then progressed with the patient’s goals in mind. Programmes can also be designed for patients who are homebound, and training can be provided for the people who assist the patient, which can often enhance a person’s rehabilitation potential.
NHS and private stroke Physiotherapy
In the UK, only half the people who have had a stroke on discharge from hospital are being assessed for suitable therapies with agreed goals for their rehabilitation, as is recommended by national stroke guidelines. Sadly, many people only receive therapy for a short time, and some are unaware that they can ‘self-refer’ and do not need to be referred by a GP/Consultant for private Physiotherapy.
Leeds Bradford Neurophysiotherapy regularly provides treatment for people who have had stroke when:
• NHS courses of Physiotherapy treatment have finished,
• Whilst a patient is on the NHS waiting list
• When their NHS sessions are infrequent and progress will be enhanced through supplementary sessions (in such instances, we will coordinate your treatment with the NHS therapists).
Patients can self-refer to Leeds Bradford Neurophysiotherapy and we offer free initial telephone consultation. Working with you we provide hands on treatment tailored to your individual needs. Talk to a physiotherapist today about how we can help you accelerate your recovery.
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