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.
A stroke is caused by:
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:
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:
Many of our clients regain the ability to perform voluntary movements on their own after following our program.
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