Strokes occur either as a result of a blockage (ischaemia) to the blood vessels supplying the brain, or as a result of a bleed (haemorrage). The resulting loss of blood supply to certain areas of the brain cause a lack of oxygen to the brain tissue, which then becomes damaged. Depending on where the damage occurs, a number of symptoms can occur including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasm (spasticity)
  • Decreased sensation 
  • Neglect of one side of the body
  • Difficulties with mobility & other activities
  • Difficulties with balance
  • Problems with speech, swallowing & concentration
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

How Bristol neurophysio can help

Damage to the brain cells following stroke is irrepairable; however, the brain is adaptable (plastic) and other areas can be trained to take over some the lost function. The brain is also able to learn and adapt. We can help to optimise this adaptation recovery and minimise secondary complications.

The physiotherapists at Bristol neurophysio have a lot of experience of working with people with stroke. This includes specific physiotherapy interventions to:

  • Help improve muscle power
  • Increase and maintain range of movement
  • Maximise functional potential
  • Manage spasms and spasticity
  • Access appropriate equipment, including FES
  • Provide advice and coping strategies for fatigue management
  • Teach relatives and carers stretches, positioning and correct handling techniques
  • Support people to access local leisure facilities
  • Address specific access to work issues if appropriate

We have an excellent extended team in Bristol and the surrounding area to manage stroke rehabilitation, including occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and psychologists. We can also refer on to other professionals and services where appropriate.

Some kind words

Our daughter’s renal failure means that she is delayed with standing and walking at 2 and half years of age. We first started seeing Jules a few months back for an intense block of physiotherapy to build the strength and skills needed for her to eventually stand and walk.  It was really important that the physiotherapist specialised in paediatrics and could work alongside the NHS physiotherapists we also see. Jules immediately put us at ease with her friendly and professional approach and has built a good, trusting relationship with our daughter.  She uses play as a way to get our daughter to engage with the therapy.  Our daughter has really enjoyed all her physio sessions to date and we have seen a notable improvement in her movement.  She has begun to pull herself up and can climb up small steps as well as shuffle down stairs in a controlled manner!

Ms S, Bristol