Physiotherapy - Post-Stroke Recovery

Updated: May 15, 2018


Strokes damage the part of the brain that controls movement, causing stroke patients to experience weakness or paralysis in the affected parts of the body. As many stroke survivors lose their ability to carry out daily activities, they usually become physically inactive. According to the American Heart Association, this causes further physical decline and increases chances of having another stroke. As such, stroke patients should exercise as part of their recovery process.


During physiotherapy, a physiotherapist guides a patient through targeted exercises that are customized for the patient’s condition. The exercises keep the patient active, while helping the patient regain control of the side of the body affected by a stroke. Some examples of these exercises include:


A. Standing and balancing

This exercise helps to restore balance and coordination, which are usually affected after a stroke. Basic standing and balancing exercises involve swinging the leg outwards and holding it in position for 10 seconds before lowering it back down.



Standing and balancing


B. Bridging

This exercise helps to strengthen the hips and core muscle groups that have weakened after a stroke. Basic bridging exercises involve pressing the back of the knee into a pillow to lift the heel off the floor.



Bridging


C. Clamming

This exercise focuses on building strength and coordination in the lower leg, improving control and increasing the range of motion. Basic clamming exercises involve stretching the calf muscles in a sitting position.


Clamming

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