Functional Training After A Stroke

functional training after a stroke fusionrehabazFunctional training after a stroke will include exercises that are focused on restoring motion and movement and helping to improve quality of life. By enlisting the help of a trained physical therapist, there is hope for your health and quality of life after stroke.

Functional training is one way that your physical therapist may be able to help you recover and improve your quality of life after a stroke.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the leading causes of disability for Americans. Most strokes are ischemic stroke, meaning blood flow to the brain has been blocked. Depending on the part of the brain affected by the stroke, a patient may be left with problems that range from temporary muscle weakness to paralysis.

After a stroke, many survivors may have trouble with the following:

  • Muscle control
  • Pain
  • Motor function
  • Speech
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Walking

For a stroke survivor, functional training can greatly increase quality of life. Basically stated, functional training helps you to relearn how to function in your daily activities. You’ll practice many repetitive movements and exercises during your functional training program.

What are benefits of functional training after a stroke to help you or a loved one recover? It can help improve:

  • Range of motion
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Overall quality of life

Damage to the brain after a stroke can have an impact on memory and/or muscle movement. However, our brains and our bodies are truly amazing things! They have the potential to heal, recover and are incredibly resilient. This provides hope to anyone who has suffered the effects of a stroke.

A physical therapist can help a patient regain much of the muscle control that may have lost after a stroke. If you are considering physical therapy to help improve quality of life for yourself or a loved one after stroke, contact us today.

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