What is a stroke and what treatments are available?

Areas include Salisbury, Southampton, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Yeovil, Bath and Bristol.


A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, either by a clot or a bleed. It can also happen when the oxygen supply to the brain is reduced. This will result in damage to areas of the brain, meaning that movement and feeling are reduced, usually down one side of the body. Other effects can be loss of speech, problems swallowing or emotional upsets. Parts of the body will not be working properly, and physiotherapy for strokes is aimed at restoring normal movement to these areas. This will be a combination of reminding muscles how they work, 'switching off' those that are working too much and strengthening muscles that are weak.



Sometimes people will have developed habits that are stopping them from making further progress, and these habits may need to be reversed. Whilst  physiotherapy for strokes in the initial stages (first few weeks) is very important, you should keep in mind that recovery can be a long process.

The rate of improvement is fastest just after your stroke, usually whilst in hospital. However, recovery can continue for several years. Physiotherapy for strokes can be hard work for the patient, and you will need to work closely with your physiotherapist to get the best results.