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Vaughan Woodbridge


Physiotherapy for Stroke Rehabilitation

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, in 2019, 500,000 Canadians experienced a stroke. Strokes impact how well a person can function due to their effects on the brain’s nerves. Nearly all stroke survivors will experience some degree of movement loss, whether in a limb or facial muscles. Regardless of the severity of the stroke’s impact, physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process.

So, what exactly is a stroke?

A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when there is a disruption in the blood supply to the brain, often due to a blockage or hemorrhage. Strokes can result in a range of physical and cognitive impairments, including:

  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body.
  • Difficulties with movement and coordination.
  • Speech and communication problems.
  • Cognitive issues such as memory loss.

The post-stroke treatment plan is tailored to each patient by the physiotherapist, depending on which parts of the body have been affected and to what extent. To aid in the patient’s recovery, various treatments may be employed, including:

  • Occupational therapy.
  • Speech therapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Manual therapy.
  • Pilates.
  • Yoga.

Given that each patient’s needs can vary, a physiotherapist should always be prepared to adjust the stroke rehabilitation plan accordingly. Additionally, they should address any questions the patient may have and provide explanations about the use of various therapies in their recovery journey.

Vaughan Woodbridge

Andrew Chan, R.H.N., DOMP, B.Sc., DO (Euro)

Ankit Patel, H.BscKin, MPT, MCPA

Seong Eun (Tina) Ra,
R. Ac

Daniel Galano,

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