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How physiotherapy helps stroke survivors fully recover

June 30, 2022

According to World Health Organization (WHO), stroke is still the second leading cause of death worldwide. A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain becomes compromised. This can happen in one of two ways. First is ischaemic stroke, when blood flow to the brain is compromised due to a blockage in the artery. On the other hand, hemorrhagic stroke is when blood leaks into the brain from a ruptured artery.


How physiotherapy helps stroke survivors fully recover

Either way, because blood carries essential oxygen, if blood flow won't be restored fast, it can cause brain cells to die off, which may lead to permanent impairment to the affected brain area. 

Stroke breaks vital links between your brain and muscles, which is why it is the leading cause of long-term disability, and almost always results in some loss of mobility and movement. However, this loss isn't necessarily permanent.

Since the brain cannot regenerate any cells lost during the stroke, physiotherapy is a great way to help the brain reorganize existing cells to compensate for the loss. In fact, rehabilitation is especially crucial during the early stages of recovery, when patients have little to no control over their affected muscles.

With timely and good quality physiotherapy care, most people who suffer from a stroke will recover to at least some degree or even a full recovery. Your long-term progress will rely significantly on how consistent your physiotherapy rehabilitation program is.

Stroke often causes paralysis on one side of the body, in which patients lose function in one arm and one leg. During the first weeks and months of recovery, physiotherapists work with stroke survivors to keep these muscles toned and stimulated even before they regain voluntary movement. 

Physiotherapists also help patients relearn day-to-day skills and retrain their healthy brain cells to control the affected body parts.

Physiotherapy is an important component in the long recovery journey back to the patient's "normal" life. That's why choosing the right program and setting the right goals should be taken seriously. 

Communicate your needs and feelings so you end up with the facility and program that best suits your needs. Recovery can sometimes take a long time, so getting the right people on your team will help.

Here at KL Kinetic, we have custom plans to fit each individual stroke survivor's needs. During your first appointment with our experienced physiotherapist, they will thoroughly examine your body, consult your doctor's notes, and interview you about your symptoms and setbacks so far. 

This will allows us to develop a personalised plan that is right for you, focusing on restoring movement and preventing problems that may occur after a stroke.

Your physiotherapy rehabilitation program will revolve around specific goals, which you and your physiotherapist will work together to set and achieve.

Give KL Kinetic a call today to get your appointment and get back to your daily activities as soon as possible.

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Mr. Dharvin C. Pillay
Physiotherapy and Osteopathy
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Mr. Tilakh Bahadur
Physiotherapy and Osteopathy
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Ms. Wahidah Othaman
Physiotherapy and Osteopathy
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