Neurological Rehabilitation

After returning from rehabilitation hospitals, or having finished with the help of the
NHS, you will have probably realised that you must get out and rehabilitate yourself
in a local gym or health centre, otherwise, you will probably just regress at home.
Retraining and exercise after stroke are so essential, not just for physical but for
mental improvement. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, many reasons (real and
imaginary) may stop you from making this change. Gyms or other training areas are
often daunting places for you to go and when you get there, unsure about exercise
selection and technique either stops or injures the uninformed. Combined with
problems such as limited resources, restricted travel options and fatigue, long-term
positive plastic change is hardly ever even given the chance to get started. This
situation is no good.

You need a programme, that understands the nature of the stroke, full of techniques for
task-related practice, resistance training and essential strategies to enable
management of limitations whilst recovering. Our teams remit is to facilitate you to
rehabilitate yourself AUTONOMOUSLY. Our team will give you the tools you need to
help yourself as quickly as possible and regain your independence.

Why and what we do

The body’s movement and general functionality can be severely affected by a stroke.
Early diagnosis and assessment of this is imperative to aiding a successful recovery
as the recovery rate of the brain is at its greatest in the first three months after a
stroke. Our Neurological Physiotherapists work with patients both remotely and in
the customised gym and rehabilitation centre within our Physiotherapy Unit, applying
specialist skills to improve the body’s movement and function, optimising muscle
tone and improving balance, coordination and function following a stroke.

Initial Management

You will need to be assessed for the most appropriate management plan. This may
be through our rehab centre or initially in conjunction at home with the NHS and your
GP.

You should meet therapists soon after this when you are medically stable and have
better mobility. They may be a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist who will
work intensively with you start you on your way to recovery.

Physiotherapy’s value in the treatment of a stroke helps promote activity and a
healthy lifestyle. Physiotherapy focuses on a physical approach to maximise
the potential in the function and movement of the body with an end goal of benefiting
people both physically and psychologically and getting them back to carrying out
daily activities.

How can stroke affect movement?

• Weakness or even complete paralysis of the muscles on one side of the body.
• Limbs may move in a different way than usual when trying to use them.
• Limbs may feel heavy.
• Problems with posture and balance that increases the chance of a fall.

First Three Months

After a stroke, our brains are unable to replace damaged cells, so recovery depends
on your brain’s ability to reorganise its undamaged cells to make up for cells that
were damaged during the stroke. This is known as neuroplasticity. The recovery rate
of the brain is at its greatest in the first three months after a stroke as a result
intensive rehabilitation is most beneficial at this stage to address the problems and
difficulties your stroke has left you with.

What If You Are Managing But Are Still Not 100%?

Physiotherapy is just as important when you are doing most things but you are not
quite 100%. This is to reduce your chances of injury from muscle imbalances and to
progress and challenge the final stages of your rehabilitation enabling you to do all
that you were doing before as quickly as possible.

Your Brain Can Continue To Heal For Up To Two Years
As you continue to improve and get better your exercises need to become more
challenging to optimize your capabilities.

What Happens After Two Years?

You may understandably get tired of exercising for such a long period, however
further gains can be made down the track when you are ready.
Physiotherapy at a later stage can optimise your physical status and more
importantly make you aware of bad habits that may have developed so that you can
change them and find easier ways to do things.
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Our Specialist Team

We offer treatment from the physiotherapy unit based within a private physiotherapy
organisation.The unit is one of the UK’s leading physio centres and offers a
comprehensive range of treatments, premium facilities, and is staffed by expert
chartered physiotherapists with a cross-section of specialist skills. Our physios are
experienced in dealing with the challenges and issues that people face when dealing
with a Stroke and devise personalised plans to benefit each individual that they treat.

Exercise is key in how a physio can help patients to improve their well-being and all
of our physios work on a personal level with each individual to assess their own
requirements and what suits them best. As well as the one to one sessions our
physios will teach you exercises that can be performed between sessions, possibly
with the assistance of a family member or carer. By doing this it helps increase your
physical activity and allows us to monitor your progress to see what works best for
each individual between sessions.

We encourage you to book an appointment to see just how we can help you.