Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy Can Help You Recover After a Stroke
Stroke is one of the most common causes of chronic neurological disability in people. It affects more than 700,000 people every year in the U.S. As the word “stroke” implies, no one can ever be ready for such sudden event. Those who had a stroke, as well as their families, know how tough life can be after stroke, so they are constantly searching for workable solutions.
Benefits of Rehabilitation with Physical and Occupational Therapy
Rehabilitation and physical therapy are among the most important phases of recovery for stroke survivors because these treatments can help them return to an independent way of living.
To make things clear from the very beginning: rehabilitation won’t reverse the effects of a stroke, but it will help the sufferer to regain independence and improve their quality of life. As with any other condition, the severity of stroke complications and the ability of the patient to recover are very different from one person to another. However, according to researchers, those who participate in physical therapy and rehabilitation plan are more likely to regain their complete independence than people who don’t participate in a stroke rehabilitation program.
No one can understand how the human brain works. In our case, no one can explain what the brain does to compensate for the damage that’s caused by a stroke. In some cases, the brain cells are temporarily damaged, which means they can resume functioning; while in other cases, what the brain does is reorganizing its own functioning, which is why we have patients who have experienced remarkable recoveries that cannot be explained.
What’s Involved in a Stroke Rehabilitation Program?
There are plenty of different approaches to stroke rehabilitation, which is why we provide a different treatment plan specifically suited to our patient’s needs. The number and type of services depend on the situation and needs of every patient. Services usually include:
- Physical therapy;
- Rehabilitation nursing;
- Occupational therapy;
- Speech-language pathology;
- Nutritional care;
- Recreational therapy;
- Social work;
- Support groups;
- Patient/family education, and so on.
When Can a Patient Begin a Stroke Rehabilitation Program?
Stroke rehabilitation can begin as soon as oxygen is restored to the person’s brain. For most people, however, rehab can be a lifelong process. The recovery process can be frustrating, but we always do our best to keep our patients with a positive outlook because we believe that a strong support network is a key component in the rehabilitation process. We help our patients to relearn bodily movements, and we also teach them how to avoid complications that might affect their progress later. We work on their coordination, balance, and other basic skills that are essential to their overall well-being. Even after the rehabilitation is completed at Action Physical Therapy, we continue to see our patients as needed in order to assess their progress, update their exercise program, and promote the healthiest possible lifestyle. Call Action Physical Therapy today to discuss your care plan goals with us!