Stroke rehab has been shown to help stroke victims recover faster and more successfully. After a stroke, which causes some amount of brain damage, rehab can help the patient regain much of the skill she had lost. Each person and therefore timeline will be different, but in most cases it’s very effective.
What is involved in stroke rehab?
There are several components of effective stroke rehab, and putting them all together in a full program will help achieve the best results. These are some of the elements you might see in a stroke rehab program:
Brain skills exercises – since stroke affects the brain, putting the brain to use right away and tr-training it will bring the greatest success. That means using it beyond everyday tasks and thinking – putting it into high gear with high-focus brain training.
Motor skills exercises – the brain controls more than thinking and figuring out. Stroke almost always has an effect on fine and gross motor skills, which is why you might see stroke victims dragging an arm or a leg. Keep pushing those affected limbs through focused exercises with a therapist.
Mobility training – many stroke victims need to learn how to become mobile with an object – a wheelchair, cane or walker. There are trained therapists who help rehab patients learn this new way of getting around.
Constraint-induced therapy – in this mode of therapy, a “good” limb will be constrained, forcing the patient to use her “bad” limb. in this way, the “bad” limb gains strength
Feeding and dressing therapy -a patient relearning basic skills will need to learn how to feed herself and dress herself properly.
Electrical stimulation – electrical impulses are applied to help stimulate muscle movement.
Robotic therapy – robots are used to move limbs and get the muscles moving and back working.
What happens after the stroke rehab program ends?
To continue the progress of rehab, even after the program officially ends, the patient will need to keep up with many of the activities he did in rehab. To keep moving forward, this part of rehab goes on at home:
At-home apps – there are a number of apps geared toward stroke rehab that help the patient with brain exercises and fine motor skills. These can be easily accessed through a smartphone.
Keep it going – the patient muse be vigilant about keeping up the homework. This might seem difficult as progress slows, but it’s vital, and progress will continue, albeit at a slower pace.
Stay consistent – it can’t be a sporadic attempt; consistent work will yield results. The therapist will recommend a proper course of action for the patient to follow.
Get enough sleep – a good night’s sleep can’t be underestimated for any type of growth. The physical and emotional benefits add a hefty amount advantage to any stroke rehab program.
At Hudson View, we offer premium stroke rehab programs for patients, customized to fit each person’s individual needs. Our caring and experienced staff will help your loved on the way to a quick and successful recovery. Speak to one our representatives today to see how we can help you.