Nearly 800,000 people in the US had a stroke in 2020. Strokes can be deadly, but they are survivable. But you don’t just want to survive; you want to recover to live a full life again. With the help of your loved ones and care providers, what can you do to improve your successful post-stroke recovery? There are numerous helpful tips for stroke rehabilitation, one of which is physical therapy.
At Wickshire Senior Living, physical therapy is a core offering for anyone recovering from a stroke – or for people post-surgery or post-injury as well. To learn more about our physical therapy experts and program, call today at 833.497.4390 or fill out our online form.
Recovering from a Stroke
There are several key components to stroke recovery. Some you can do on your own, and others require support from loved ones or professionals. Below are some of the basic steps for recovering from a stroke.
- Proceeding with life – Stay engaged, enjoy family, participate in social activities. Even if you are struggling with impairments to language or movement, do not retire from life. Staying engaged will positively affect your recovery while giving you confidence and a sense of connection.
- Support network – Do not be hard on yourself if you feel anxious or are experiencing mood swings. You need to share your feelings and worries. Be honest with family and friends about what you are going through. Do not hide your truth to protect them. That will do no good to anyone. Seek out stroke support groups or stroke recovery programs. It really helps to connect to others going through what you are.
- Exercise and mobility – Being active helps the brain heal in ways that make up for lost functionality post-stroke. Short periods of activity daily, or a few times daily, are better than long endeavors now and then.
- Cognitive tricks – Be patient with yourself as you regain your cognitive functioning. It helps to stick to a routine and start with simple days filled with simple tasks and activities. Make notes and use a calendar to support you as you heal.
- Healthy choices – Good habits help with stroke recovery. Focus on foods that support a healthy cardiovascular system, cut back on cholesterol, assess your habits (caffeine, alcohol, etc.) for possible adjustments.
- Physical therapy – A cornerstone of stroke rehabilitation, physical therapy offers a vast range of support modalities for stroke victims.
Physical Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation
The benefits of a quality physical therapy program for stroke victims cannot be overstated. There is a vast array of training and support treatments your physical therapist can provide to you that will improve your long-term outcomes and return you to functioning much sooner.
Some of the offerings available through physical therapy are listed below:
- Functional training – support in relearning tasks like standing up from a chair, climbing stairs, etc.
- Strength training – to rebuild muscle strength
- Balance training – helping you regain balance to safely walk and stand
- Electrical stimulation – using small pulses to activate nerves and enhance limb control
- Positioning support – training you to move and shift positions safely to reduce pain, stiffness, and spasms; implementing support aids while sitting or lying down (slings, wedges, etc.)
- Mental rehearsing – learning to mentally practice movements prior to performing them. Mental practice primes the brain for the real thing.
Wickshire Senior Living and Stroke Rehabilitation
Being securely ensconced in a quality assisted living situation such as Wickshire Senior Living provides you with so many beneficial options should something happen to you, such as a stroke, leaving you vulnerable and in need of care. Our physical therapy program is one part of our supportive community offerings that can benefit you or your loved one in sickness and in health.
To learn more about how Wickshire Senior Living can assist someone recovering from a stroke, reach out today. Our number is 833.497.4390, or we have an easy online form you can complete to receive a contact from one of our staff. Don’t save your questions until after something happens. Find out everything you need to know now. Being knowledgeable and well-informed is empowering and reassuring to everyone.