Tips for regaining strength after a hospital stay

Checking into a hospital for a procedure or following a medical event can be a stressful experience. As well as medical concerns, mental decline are common side effects of a significant hospital stay. Many people can become de-conditioned after a hospital stay and below are some tips to help reduce and address the issues that arise with a hospital stay.

  • Keep moving

There was a time when bed rest was considered the best way to recover, but today it has become clear that gradually increasing exercise is imperative for regaining strength. Even if you are too weak to stand, there are exercises that can be done from a chair or bed that can increase your strength and mobility.

  • Eat for energy

Be sure to choose foods that will provide needed proteins and nutrients and drink plenty of liquids. If you don’t have an appetite, try eating smaller more frequent meals.

Our physiotherapists at Home Physio Group can help with your recovery by firstly assessing your ability to sit, stand, walk and climb stairs in your home. If your balance and walking is difficult, you may need to use some equipment such as a frame or walking stick to move around safely. Your physiotherapist will teach you a range of muscle strengthening exercises that will improve your ability to stand and walk , and as a  result of these exercises,  your arms legs and trunk will get stronger and you will be able to stand or walk for longer.

Try to keep in touch with others through phone calls, texts, social media or email. Also watching the news, reading and keeping up with current affairs is an excellent way to remain alert and aware. If feelings of depression occur, contact your GP.

  • Stay connected

Treatment sessions will focus on short term goals initially such as getting out of bed or climbing stairs. Our physiotherapists will also be able to provide you with the following:

  • Mobility practice
  • Falls advice and education
  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Range of movement stretches
  • Balance and core stability exercises
  • Soft tissue mobilisation and massage
  • Practice of functional tasks
  • Pain management
  • Transfer practice
  • Home exercise program
  • Training and education of families and carers

Benefits to physiotherapy include a reduced risk of falls, swelling and pain, an increase of mobility, balance, muscle strength and overall it can give you increased confidence and motivation.

For more information on how we can help you with regaining strength after your hospital stay, please contact us on 0207 096 0682 or alternatively fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you