Assisting with balance,
coordination, and re-training of
the brain following a stroke
Physical therapy can provide education on new ways of performing tasks to circumvent or compensate for changes in abilities.
Physical therapy following a stroke assists with:
Re-learning muscle movements
Re-training the brain
Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability impacting nearly 800,000 Americans each year. Physical therapy following a stroke can help individuals to find workable solutions to assist with the majority of difficult situations. Physical therapy helps to relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged.
Traditional exercises focus on strengthing the muscles, but stroke recovery exercises focus on strengthing the brain. Rehabilitation exercises focus on high repetition to activate neuroplasticity and rewire the brain to control movement better. Repetition of therapeutic exercise movements is the best way to continue improving movement following a stroke. Small, consistent steps, involving patience and persistence are very important for stroke survivors.