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Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation

One of the most pressing questions for patients after a Stroke or after facing a Neurological condition usually is:

Am I going to get better soon?! We know you can’t live your day the way you used to, because of the symptoms you are experiencing, such as weakness, muscle stiffness or pain, problems with balance, memory and thinking issues, and speech and language problems.

Physical therapy has highly contributed to neurological rehabilitation to generally improve the condition with no need for further drugs or surgery.

Physical therapy will improve the ability to change position and posture, early mobility, maintain balance, relief pain during sitting, standing or moving and maintain gait and mobility. Physical therapists can provide circuit training, including intensive repetition of everyday activities, to help people walk further, faster, with more independence and confidence.

Recovering from a stroke can be a long, almost hopeless process, but with the new adaption skills patients learn, they become empowered and gain the skills for community reintegration.

Neurorehabilitation therapies teach or retrain patients how to improve or recover their communication and mobility skills, as well as other aspects of their daily lives. In its treatments, neurorehabilitation focuses on the psychological, creative, and nutritional elements of each individual’s recovery.

Treatment program
will include exercises to strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and regain range of motion, constraint-induced therapy, improve motor control, functional electrical stimulation, tone management, biofeedback and limb physiotherapy using passive and assistive care devices

Customized Neurorehabilitation
Neurorehabilitation can be divided into measures that aim to

  1. help the patient adapt to or compensate for their impairments or

  2. reduce impairments. The latter addresses underlying neurological deficits more directly but is relatively poorly understood.

Various neurorehabilitation programs, which are offered by hospitals or at private, specialized clinics, have a broad range of professionals in different neurophysiologic areas to provide the most comprehensive treatment and customized approach to allow patients and their families to live more normal lives.
Each year, newer methods and neurophysiologic technologies are developed and implemented, allowing more opportunities for patients. Since the field of neurorehabilitation is relatively new, however, many strategies are controversial because they don’t yet have the research to support their results.

Key Points of Successful Rehabilitation
It’s important that patients understand their progress during rehabilitation depends on:

  • Timely start of rehabilitation regarding the therapeutic window

  • The severity and location of the brain injury

  • Their own attitudes (daily commitment to exercise)

  • The rehabilitation team’s skill and experience

  • The cooperation of family and practitioners

  • Successful activation of secondary areas

  • Successful activation of contralateral areas

Getting Back to Normal Life
Stroke Neurorehabilitation is a progressive and dynamic process aimed at enabling patients to reach their optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, communicative, and social functional levels.
This method of therapy offers a number of exercises to help patients recover lost motor functions and reduce damage caused by a stroke. Neurorehabilitation also provides lifelong support needed by patients and their families as they rejoin a community. It allows motivated patients to reach their ultimate goals of reclaiming independence and returning to normal life.

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