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 have been using Bristol neurophysio for 7 years now since suffering a spinal injury resulting in tetraplegia & spending 4 years in hospital & then a care home before I was able to return home.  During my time back with Kirsty & her team's help I have been able to keep up a solid regime helping keep my tone down & strength up.  With their help I’ve been able to pursue an active lifestyle.

Mr G W, North Somerset