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 would just like to let everyone know how happy I am since starting treatment at Bristol Neurophysio.  I have noticed a great beneficial change to my condition, ataxia.  It's been such a relief for me to find someone who understands my condition and is able to set up a programme suitable for my abilities.  Kirsty is always upbeat and cheerful and is always a great help.  I come away from my sessions feeling so much better and able to get on with my life!

Mrs P D, Chippenham