Stroke Program

 
IMG_0424.heic

We offer an individualized and integrated program including physical, occupational, speech and exercise treatment for returning to a full life after a stroke.

Our focus is on recovery!

  • Neuroplasticity is the ability for your brain to make changes and recover.  Our therapy approach is centered on the principles of neuroplasticity and the brain's amazing ability to rewire with the right input.
  • Neuroplasticity is important is driving recovery which can happen at any time after stroke (whether it was last month or 10 years ago!) Research and experience have shown that intensive neurologic rehabilitation with a team can drive brain changes. 
  • We believe in recovery! We join you on a journey (and you are in the driver's seat) and are part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Physical therapy focuses on:

    • Aerobic exercise to improve mobility and endurance

    • Movement training to improve return of movement and movement control with a focus on function and everyday activities

    • Vestibular rehabilitation and vision training as needed for balance and dizziness

    • Functional training to return to your life goals

    • Dual task training: To access automatic movement pathways in the brain. 

    • Strengthening with a focus on retraining the brain body connection

  • Occupational therapy focuses on:

    • You can learn how to use equipment or aids to help you with your daily life. This includes aids that help you eat, get dressed, bathe, and do other tasks. 

    • This therapy also helps you learn how to save energy while you do those tasks. And you can learn how to do them while using a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair.  "

    • Cognitive" is a word that refers to your brain's ability to do things like remember, solve problems, and make decisions. After a stroke this can be harder Therapy can often retrain your brain to find other ways to do these tasks. For example, you may learn to rely on other ways to remember and stay organized, like using a computer, a cell phone, a notebook, or a filing system.  This therapy can also help you deal with depression, anxiety, stress or fatigue. This is important, because these problems can all affect how well you can think and remember.

  • Speech therapy can impact how you talk and swallow.   

    • With therapy, you may be able to reduce long pauses or slurring, improve your speech patterns or rhythms and the way you pronounce words. 

    • In therapy, you can work on difficulty with word finding and expressing yourself.

    • Speech therapy can also recognize swallowing problems. You can also learn what types of food are better for you to eat if it's hard to swallow.