Stroke or Cerebro-Vascular Accident (CVA)
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is stopped or disrupted. It causes damage to the brain cells in the area supplied by the impaired blood vessel. The brain is the control centre of the body, and is responsible for how we move, think, behave and speak. Consequently, impairments in these functions will occur depending on the area of the brain that is affected. Each stroke will impact each person differently, making treatment following a stroke individualised and variable.
Strokes can affect people of any age and at varying degrees of severity. There are two types of strokes; ischaemic (presence of a bloodclot) and haemorrhagic (bleed). Symptoms vary significantly depending on the area and side of the brain which are affected.
How can we help?
Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology can work with you to recover function following your stroke. This might mean helping you improve strength through exercise, reduce muscle tightness through a stretching program, provide education and training to carers to assist you and retrain functional activities that you might find difficult such as bed mobility, sitting balance or walking. Our services can also help you find the appropriate gait aids and equipment to help you with day-to-day activities. Our aim is to maximise your independence and recovery whilst facilitating the natural role of neural plasticity to help you to achieve your best outcomes.
A guide for functional stroke rehabilitation (developed by Nicole Clark) >
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