A disruption of blood flow in the brain caused by clotting or ruptures to blood vessels. This causes nerve cell death in the area due to lack of normal blood flow and can result in physical and cognitive impairments.
Types of Stroke
Ischemic – caused by either blockage of a blood vessel via thrombosis or arterial embolism.
Hemorrhagic – caused by bleeding of blood vessels of the brain, either directly into the brain parenchyma or into the subarachnoid space surrounding brain tissue.
Stroke Symptoms Include
Sudden loss of vision, balance, coordination, consciousness, or speech. Ultimately, symptoms of stroke vary depending on the type of stroke and which area of the brain is affected.
A Stroke may lead to a wide range of short- or long-term issues:
- Cognitive Function (attention and memory)
- Motor function (extremity weakness/paralysis, coordination, balance)
- Sensation (hearing, vision, touch)
- Emotion (depression, aggression, impulse control, personality changes)
How we can help
- Increased strength of core and limbs
- Improved circulation and blood pressure
- Improved cardiovascular endurance
- Maintenance of bone density
- Improved range of motion
- Improved sensation/temperature control
- Improved mobility and ability to function independently
- Reduced risk of pressure sores
This accomplished through nervous system retraining, range of motion exercises, strength training, posture correction and gait training.
“The enthusiasm and encouragement we receive from the therapists at Moving Forward has been a significant factor in the success we experienced so far. In the past four months we have come from nothing more than range of motion to being able to use a hand/foot bike, pressing 20lbs with the hemiplegic leg and standing for approximately 20 min in a standing frame!
I strongly believe that despite all medical research to the contrary nothing is impossible and Moving Forward is the place to start!” ~Robert and Willie Foreman