Methods of Stroke Rehabilitation

If you have recently survived a stroke, you may feel like you have an insurmountable task ahead. It’s likely that you are undergoing a long relearning process to now forgotten skills. This could include loss of mobility, speech, or emotional reactivity.

Luckily, there are multiple care providers that are devoted to helping you rehabilitate and relearn the specific tasks that the stroke altered. The following will explore just four of these methods of stroke rehabilitation. 

Occupational Therapy

The most common form of stroke rehabilitation is occupational therapy. A stroke can cause an amnesia to the daily tasks of life. These tasks can include basic skills such as grooming, cooking, or using a smart phone. An occupational therapist can guide you through this period of learning. The goal is to improve the sensory and motor availabilities to an extent that growth can occur once more. 

Occupational therapists will use training methods like ‘breaking down’ tasks. This method includes breaking down a seemingly difficult task into smaller activities. The therapist will work with you and give your strategies to conquer the small activities in pursuit of the larger task. 

Speech Therapy

Aphasia, or language impairment, is common after suffering a stroke. This impairment can manifest in slurred speech, word difficulties, or muteness. Thus, undergoing speech therapy is a great combatant against this phenomenon. For those who suffer aphasia, communication skills can be formed, administered, and strengthened through attending speech therapy. 

Home Care

After suffering a stroke, there is a possibility that you underwent a loss of mobility. The lack of oxygen in the brain could have impaired motor function, or ambulatory processes. Thus, it is best to have someone helping you navigate this lack of mobility and to reintegrate into your daily life. A home care practitioner can help with providing meds, mobility, or daily housekeeping tasks while you are on the process of recovery. 

Support Groups

Suffering a stroke is definitely a traumatic experience. The American Stroke Association cites that many victims of a stroke tend to suffer emotional trauma and mental health issues after the event. This is namely due to the fact that a stroke inhibits brain function, which is where all emotional responses derive from. Thus, an emotional backlash is to be expected. 

A way to navigate this response is to undergo emotional rehabilitation through support groups and nursing services. These are groups of individuals who have had a stroke and are on the process to recovery. Through being with individuals going through the same process, you can enter into a sense of community and understanding. 

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