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How Physical Therapy Can Help Stroke Victims

June 21, 2018

 

How Physical Therapy Can Help Stroke Victims

 

A stroke is a health complication that affects a lot of people. Just as its name suggests, this is a condition that no one is prepared for. Simply defined, stroke is a “brain attack.” If blood flow is cut off to an area of your brain, this is when a stroke will occur. The brain cells in this brain area won't get any oxygen and hence they begin to die. Stroke patients lose the abilities because of the brain cells dying. During the recovery process, therapy is recommended to help in restoring these abilities. At Madison Physical Therapy, our physical therapy in Brooklyn will help you regain your abilities.

 

 

What to Expect During Your Post-Stroke Physical Therapy

 

Post-stroke physical therapy will vary for different people. Your physical therapist should create a plan that will fit your recovery needs. During your first appointment, your therapist will examine your body thoroughly, look at the doctor’s notes, and even interview both you and your family about the symptoms you have had. Our physical therapist will use this information to formulate the right therapy plan for you.

 

The physical therapist major goal will be to focus on restoring your ability to move, while also preventing problems that tend to occur after the stroke. By visiting Madison Physical Therapy, our physical therapy in Brooklyn will have your physical therapy needs taken care of through a step by step process.

 

Our physical therapist will begin with very basic movements and tasks. An example of a simple task that you may begin with is moving from your bed to a chair safely. The physical therapist will then progress the tasks and exercises to the ones that help improve balance. A great physical therapist will help you re-learn coordination skills and also retrain your brain how to do functional tasks, such as walking and grasping objects.

 

Exercises used to help the patient regain movement are divided into two parts:

  • Constraint-induced movement - helps restore upper body movement by requiring the patient to use the affected arm as much as they can to reach and grasp for at least 2 hours a day.

  • Treadmill training - for lower body movements, with body weight support, treadmill exercises will help with walking if the patient has low-grade mobility.

 

 

Benefits of Post-Stroke Therapy

 

Visiting Madison Physical Therapy provides a large number of health benefits from your physical therapy sessions. Some of these benefits are as indicated below:

  • Regain your independence.

  • Improve your quality of life.

  • Improve your blood circulation.

  • Reduce muscle stiffness.

  • Help regain muscle control and function.

  • Improved coordination.

  • Improve your balance.

  • Strength will improve.


If you’re looking for physical therapy in Brooklyn, Madison Physical Therapy can provide you the ultimate care. Suffering from a stroke can be a difficult process to overcome. Having a team of experts to help you through it will ensure you get the recovery you need. If you want treatment today, contact us today!

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