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Recovering from a Stroke

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Recovering from a stroke is a journey that is different for every stroke survivor. From days to weeks and even months, everyone’s rehabilitative path is unique. But what all stroke survivors have in common with AdventHealth is a care system that supports strength, wellness and hope. 

While some studies show the serious impact of strokes – they are the leading cause of serious long-term disability and nearly half of stroke survivors over age 65 have reduced mobility – we focus on the positives: possibilities, faith and never giving up.

When you – or your loved one – approaches stroke rehabilitation with an open mind and commitment, you’re more likely to reach goals and return to the activities you enjoy. Each phase of rehabilitation is geared to help you get back to whole health again. Discover what you can expect during your recovery, and how our therapies are geared to support your body, mind and spirit.

Building Strength, Improving Physical Health

Rehabilitation after a stroke often focuses on helping your body rebuild its strength. Strokes tend to affect one side over another. Physical therapists will work closely with your neurologists and other care providers to create a plan that helps you regain your physical strength while also fortifying your emotional and spiritual health as well . Physical therapy may include:

  • Mobility training to restore your mobility
  • Motor-skill exercises to improve gross motor skills 
  • Range of motion therapy to help stretch muscles, ease tension and improve range of motion

Physical therapy often begins while you are still recovering from a stroke in the hospital. You may be introduced to modified, simple exercises to help you maintain your current muscle strength and flexibility. Some stroke survivors may continue to heal at a rehabilitation facility where professionals are focused on improving your strength so you can safely return home and get back to the life you love.

On-going Support for Mental, Spiritual Health

A stroke doesn’t only affect your physical health. It can impact your cognitive, mental and spiritual health. A whole-health approach to stroke rehabilitation can help sharpen cognitive skills, offer an important outlet for the emotions and feelings after a stroke and nurture your spiritual health, too.

Therapies may include:

  • Occupational therapy to strengthen cognitive skills affected by the stroke, such as memory, processes, problem-solving, social skills or safety awareness
  • Psychological support, including individual or group counseling sessions or support groups that allow you to share your experiences and hear from others on a similar journey
  • Speech therapy to improve speaking, listening, writing and comprehension skills

Adapting to a New Normal

Chances are, your life may not be exactly the same after a stroke, but there’s still so much to celebrate. Find ways to enjoy or modify favorite activities and spend time getting your home ready for recovery. Self-care is an important part of stroke recovery, whether it’s you or a loved one. Make time for the activities you enjoy. It can be as simple as a walk around the block on a nice day, spending time with a good book, enjoying a warm bath or booking a massage. 

Adapting – and accepting – a new normal is a sign of strength, and a signal that you’re well on your way to healing. 

Learn more about how the stroke experts at AdventHealth can help you heal. 

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