Village Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Shellharbour

Exercise for Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. There are 2 main causes of stroke:
– A clot in an artery in the brain preventing blood flow and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain also known as an ischemic stroke
– A break in the wall of a blood vessel leading to a bleed in the brain also known as a haemorrhagic stroke.

This disruption of blood flow to the brain may lead to temporary or permanent damage. Symptoms vary from person to person and intensity depending on the severity. They include weakness/numbness of the face, arm, or leg on either side of the body, loss of balance, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty speaking or understanding others, difficulty thinking and remembering, blurring or reduced vision and difficulty swallowing.

How can exercise help?
Physical activity levels are reported to be very low in stroke survivors. Once affected remaining physically active can help to reduce the risk of a further stroke and improve recovery. Some of the reported benefits of exercise include:
– Improved walking capacity and ability to complete day to day activities
– Decreased falls and improved confidence
– Improved strength, endurance, and fitness
– Improved flexibility
– Improved mood
– Improved alertness
– Lowered Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can develop a tailored exercise plan to suit your individual needs
and help you to recover.