Recovering From a Stroke: 5 Ways Physiotherapy Can Help

Suffering a stroke can have a significant impact on a person's life. A stroke can affect a person's ability speak, their cognitive abilities and the range of movements they can make. The effects of a stroke can leave a person feeling depressed as they do not feel in control of their own life. Physiotherapy provides a fantastic way to help to a person to recover from a stroke by restoring their independence and confidence. Below is a guide to 5 benefits physiotherapy can offer someone recovering from a stroke.

Bowel and bladder control

A stroke can result in incontinence, which can be highly frustrating and embarrassing. Incontinence can also result in a loss of independence as the stroke survivor will need someone to help whenever they need the toilet. Incontinence is caused by a loss of muscle control. A physiotherapist can help a stroke survivor to regain control over their bowel and bladder via a range of exercises.

Increased mobility

Reduced mobility can have a big psychological impact. Not being able to perform everyday actions such as shopping or visiting friends can lead to anxiety and low-self esteem. A physiotherapist will be able to carry out exercises to boost a person's mobility and to allow them to perform the task as they did before the stroke.

Improved sleep

Following a stroke, a person may become fatigued quickly. However, they may also find sleeping difficult due to the effects of the stroke which lead to pain or the reduced ability to position limbs in a comfortable position. A physiotherapist can provide advice and exercises which will allow the person to rest more comfortably.

Better balance

After a stroke, a person's sense of balance may be affected. Problems with balance can lead to an increased risk of falls when they attempt to move from one location to another. Physiotherapy can provide a structured and safe way for a stroke survivor to regain their sense of balance. 

Improved lung health

If a stroke has severely reduced a person's mobility and confined them to a bed or chair, they may be at increased risk of lung problems. These problems occur because of a poor lying or sitting position. A physiotherapist can work with the patient to strengthen their chest and back muscles so that no undue pressure is placed on the respiratory system. 

If you would like further information, you should contact a physiotherapist today.