Disability Training – Functional Movement Exercises For Stroke Clients

Functional Movement Exercises for Stroke Clients – Relearning Muscle Memory after Experiencing a Stroke

What Is a Stroke?

A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It’s a “brain attack” that can happen to anyone at any time when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off.

When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. Thus, the abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, are lost.

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.


What Are the Causes?physiotherapy for stroke patients

A stroke is caused by:

  • A clot obstructing blood flow to the brain (an ischemic stroke).
  • A blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (a hemorrhagic stroke).

 

What Are the Symptoms?

The resulting disability depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.

If someone only suffers a small stroke, they may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg.

After a larger stroke, the damage could be permanent paralysis on one or both sides of the body or loss of speech. That’s when functional movement exercises for stroke clients become a necessity.

The overall symptoms are as follows:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden trouble seeing with one or both eyes
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Sudden dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

 


Functional Movement Exercises for Stroke Clients- The Way to Regaining Your Independence

A tiny percentage of stroke victims do recover completely. However, more than 2/3rds of survivors will develop some disability. They are the ones who need functional movement exercises for stroke clients the most.

Now, recovery will be an ongoing process to relearn and refine skills. It will involve working with our specialists for months or maybe years after the stroke.

Still, the time and effort are worth it. Our functional movement exercises for stroke clients include functional pattern movement exercises.

These stroke recovery exercises help our clients develop voluntary movement. They do that by working various muscle groups that were lost because of the stroke.

Our C.A.S.T® program (Comprehensive Activity-Based Strength Training) can help you:

  • Build muscle mass
  • Build bone density
  • Build overall body strength
  • Enhance your muscle memory

 

Many of our clients regain the ability to perform voluntary movements on their own after following our program.

Contact the Center for Neuro Recovery® today for more information.


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