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

I had a Stroke 18 months ago and only contacted Bristol Neurophysio six weeks ago. I had a prompt response and appointment made for the following week, unfortunately I had to cancel this due to illness. Kirsty was extremely understanding and rescheduled immediately. I have had three sessions since and am extremely pleased with my progress towards my wish to walk, for the first time I feel this will happen. It is hard work and tiring but Kirsty is always cheerful and encouraging and each time makes the tasks achievable. At last someone understands what it's like for me and takes time to explain how my Stroke has affected me. Watch this space as I'm sure I will be posting a new testimonial when I am walking again.

Mr J L, Midsomer Norton