Stroke Physiotherapy Treatment
Stroke physiotherapy is a very specialised type of physiotherapy treatment where the goal is to maximise the recovery of function in individuals who have sustained a stroke and so have difficulty controlling the messages from the brain to the muscles so movement is difficult or impossible.
Stroke physiotherapy plays a large part in the total rehabilitation package offered to stroke patients alongside nursing and medical care, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
The first goal is a detailed assessment to understand the primary problems related to movement, includes assessing sensory awareness, strength, postural stability, voluntary movement and balance. Difficulties will be directly related to the specific part of the brain involved and may include loss of specific movements, perception, balance and weakness and associated problems such as tight muscles and pain. Stroke physiotherapy can have positive effects in all of these areas.
The therapy approach then may combine mobilisation of stiff joints and tight muscles, strengthening weaker postural muscles and increasing the sensory awareness of the affected body parts by specific stimulation techniques.
Working to improve balance and independence is a large part of stroke physiotherapy and many patients will still show potential for increased mobility even a long time following their stroke.
Stroke Physiotherapy at Manchester Neurotherapy Centre uses the Bobath concept where assessment of postural control and knowledge of efficient human movement is an integral part of treatment planning.
Although we see many different neurological conditions the majority of our patients have had strokes and all our therapists are very experienced in stroke physiotherapy. They are all skilled in handling, developing individual treatment programmes and measuring change supported by home exercise programmes.
Overall a stroke can be devastating for both the patient and their family and stroke physiotherapy can do a great deal to improve a patient’s quality of life.