Stroke (sometimes referred to as CVA cerebro-vascular accident)

A stroke is an interruption of blood supply to the brain, either caused by a blockage (infarct) in a blood vessel or a bleed (haemorrhage).  The effects of a stroke are wide ranging depending on the type, location and severity of the stroke, therefore, people with stroke present with a wide variety of signs and symptoms, at different levels of severity.

Often there is weakness which is more pronounced on one side of the body, there can also be changes in sensation, for example a limb might feel numb.  Muscle tone might be altered, either higher or lower than normal, causing a variety of different problems.  There can also be problems with other areas, such as with perception, speech, fatigue and memory.

At the Bobath Centre we have extensive experience working with people who have had strokes.  Bobath therapists use skilled therapeutic handling to gain optimal quality and efficiency of movement, taking an analytical problem-solving approach, that is individual to each client.  Individualised functional goal plans and outcome measures are used to guide treatment.  Carefully considered home physical management programmes are also provided in order to lessen the impact of living with this condition.   We also offer other adjuncts to physiotherapy such as use of a partial body-weight treadmill, and refer on to other services where indicated.

People can continue to show signs of recovery many years after their stroke, our goal is that each individual is enabled to reach their full rehabilitation potential at any stage of their recovery journey.

Treatment can be delivered in a range of different formats and is decided on an individual basis, this can range from 6 monthly reviews to intensive bursts of treatment for a couple of weeks or more.

 For more information on Stroke please follow this link: 

www.stroke.org.uk

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx