Stroke

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of flow of blood to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die. The effects of a stroke depend on where the brain was injured, as well as how much damage occurred.

After a stroke you may have weakness or paralysis on one side of your body or problems with moving and doing your everyday activities. Physiotherapists play a key role in stroke rehabilitation. No two strokes are alike, so providing a program tailored to you is critical to making sure you recover as well as possible. A physiotherapist can help you regain muscle strength and control, improve your balance and ability to walk, and can help with bowel and bladder control or incontinence issues.

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Beyond Stroke: Living Independently with One Arm (Practical Tips for Enhancing your Living Skills), 2016

One component of the formal education of physiotherapists includes teaching clients with movement dysfunction and their caregivers various strategies to safely perform daily activities.  Yet some of the most valuable information we learn as clinicians comes directly from the individuals we are teaching: our clients.  I welcomed the opportunity to review Kate Ryan’s book for […]
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Stroke – How physiotherapy can help

Stroke is one of the major causes of disability and handicap in adults. Canadian physiotherapists play a key role in the rehabilitation of people who have had a stroke, helping them return to their highest possible level of physical mobility.