Stroke rehabilitation (stroke rehab) is an important part of recovery after stroke. Stroke Rehabilitation helps survivors progressively recover lost strength, balance and movement after having a stroke or brain injury.
Peter Sleight is a Level Four Exercise after Stroke Rehabilitation expert. He trained with the Arni Institute founder Dr Tom Balchin and has spent many years helping stroke survivors recover from neurological injuries.
Only recently he has beed selected along with nine other Arni trainers to attend a reception at number 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom as put of his ongoing commitment to Stroke Rehabilitation.
What to expect during your session:
The goal of stroke rehabilitation, is to help you relearn skills what you lost when your stroke affected part of your brain. Stroke rehabilitation can help you to regain independence and improve your quality of life.
Stroke rehabilitation may include some or all of the following activities, depending on the part of the body or type of ability affected.
- Strengthening motor skills involves using exercises to help improve your muscle strength and coordination.
- Mobility training may include learning to use walking aids, such as a walker or canes, or a plastic brace (orthosis) to stabilize and assist ankle strength to help support your body’s weight while you relearn how to walk.
- Constraint-induced therapy, also known as forced-use therapy, involves restricting use of an unaffected limb while you practice moving the affected limb to help improve its function.
- Range-of-motion therapy uses exercises and other treatments to help lessen muscle tension (spasticity) and regain range of motion. Sometimes medication can help as well.
During your exercise programme you should expect the following improvements:
- Correction in your balance and posture
- Improvement in your co-ordination and timing
- An increase in your flexibility and stamina
- An increase in your muscular, tendon and ligament strength
- An increase in your confidence and remove your fear of exercising
- An increase in your ability to perform everyday tasks
- Become productive in an occupation or past-time
- Increase your self-esteem and be happy with life
When should I start?
The sooner you begin stroke rehabilitation, the more likely you are to regain lost abilities and skills. However, your doctors’ first priority is to stabilize your medical condition and control life-threatening conditions. They also take measures to prevent another stroke and limit any stroke-related complications.
It’s common for stroke rehabilitation to start as soon 24 to 48 hours after your stroke, during your acute hospital stay. If your medical problems continue for longer, your doctors may wait to begin your rehabilitation. You must get a referral from your doctor before starting a Rehabliitation programme with Peter.
How long does stroke rehabilitation last?
The duration of your stroke rehabilitation depends on the severity of your stroke and related complications. Although some stroke survivors recover quickly, most need some form of stroke rehabilitation long term, possibly months or years after their stroke.
Your stroke rehabilitation plan will change during your recovery as you relearn skills and your needs change. With ongoing practice, you can continue to make gains over time.
The length of each stroke rehabilitation therapy session varies depending on your recovery, severity of your symptoms and responsiveness to to the training.
How to book?
Simply send Peter an email and he will get in contact with you to see if he is available in your area, or feel free to give him a call.
Peter has worked within the fitness industry since 1996 first gaining a Fitness Instruction Certificate before moving to London in 1998 where he successfully set up and ran PS Personal Training and Fit Fast Trainers which he still operates with his business partner Pilar. While living in London, he developed more advanced qualifications specialising in Cardiovascular and Stroke Rehabilitation. He has featured in newspapers, magazines and has trained everyone from students, celebrities and even a knight. Over the many years he has been working in the fitness industry, he has built up an extensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human body. Working with clients who have suffered neurological injuries has taught him that the human brain is more powerful than we think. He now teaches his clients to use Mindful thinking while exercising and training to maximise their results. Continue reading....