There is growing evidence to show that short bursts of intensive therapy can lead to improvements in functions such as walking, balance and use of the upper limb.
Intensive physiotherapy is a high intensity physiotherapy programme completed daily over a couple of weeks designed to improve functional ability.
Intensive physiotherapy can benefit you if:
- You have had a recent neurological event such as a stroke
- You have had a recent admission to hospital which has led to you becoming deconditioned
- You have had recent surgery
- You have something specific you want to work on/achieve
- You haven’t had any therapy for a while but still have goals you’d like to achieve
- There has been a recent change in your condition
How can intensive physiotherapy help you after a stroke?
After a stroke our brains cannot grow new cells to replace the ones that have been damaged, but the brain has the ability to reorganise its undamaged cells and make up for what has been lost. This is called neuroplasticity. This process can be guided by the rehabilitation you receive following your stroke, and a physiotherapist can provide expert guidance on how to relearn movement and regain function.
In the early stages, intense physiotherapy focuses on preventing complications and helping your recovery. Later, it can help you find ways to enable you to do things that are important to you, such as getting in and out of bed, or doing sports. You might use equipment, or find different movements patterns to complete a task. A physiotherapist can also help you adapt an activity or task so you can do it independently.
How can intensive physiotherapy help you after surgery?
Post-Operative Physiotherapy aims to help people to restore optimal mobility and overall functions in the body.
It also helps in:
- Building muscle strength, improving posture and balance of the body which is beneficial in helping a person get back on their feet
- Managing pain
- Aiding in the proper circulation of blood, thus preventing blood clots
- Most doctors are now recommending that physiotherapy starts immediately after surgery. You’ll begin with simple exercises involving flexing and stretching and move on to more intense exercise as you recover.
To best stimulate the healing process, it is important that you start physiotherapy as soon as possible. At Home Physio Group, our physiotherapists can develop an individualised rehabilitation plan for you and provide you with information and advice during your healing process.
For more information please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.