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21 InnovativeHealthMag.com Stroke is a “brain attack” that happens when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted causing those brain cells to die. Stroke affects everyone differently depending on what part of the brain is involved. Strokes can be very mild resulting in only temporary weakness in an arm or a leg. Strokes can also be quite severe resulting in permanent paralysis of one side of the body, loss of the ability to speak normally, and loss of other bodily functions. When a person has a stroke, his or her life can be turned upside down in an instant. About 2/3 of people who have had a stroke will have some type of lasting disability from that stroke that will affect his or her daily life. * But it is essential to focus on the fact that life goes on after stroke and recovery needs to become the primary focus. Good medical care and rehabilitation following a stroke are essential components of recovery and returning to the most independent lifestyle possible. Rehabilitation following a stroke may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and, if necessary, speech therapy. Excellent rehabilitation services can go a long way in helping people recover function after stroke. It is important to seek out a rehabilitation provider that offers experienced and certified clinical staff members and also offers up-to-date and evidence-based care for people following stroke. The goal of rehabilitation after a stroke is to help people relearn movement skills and daily activity skills that they may have lost due to the stroke. Rehabilitation aims to restore people to the highest level of physical functioning and independence possible following stroke. Physical therapists work with people following stroke to strengthen muscles and movement patterns, regain the ability to walk and perform transitional movements, regain coordination of movement, and maintain or improve range-of-motion. Occupational therapists focus on helping people relearn strategies to perform normal daily activities including eating, getting dressed, bathing, cooking, cleaning, writing, and using their hands for functional tasks. Speech therapists focus on helping people relearn language skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Speech therapists can also help people relearn how to swallow effectively if swallowing has been affected by the stroke. Physicians Integrated Physical Therapy (PIPT) offers the highest quality multidisciplinary neurological rehabilitation for stroke patients at its Neurological and Specialty Rehabilitation Clinic on Holly Road in Grand Blanc, Michigan. The newly remodeled facility offers a large gym area, a kitchen, and simulated living area, to not only allow strength and mobility training but to also specific practice for daily activities and tasks at home. Highly trained and experienced physical, occupational, and speech therapists at PIPT provide cutting edge rehabilitation services utilizing some of the latest technology available. The clinical staff holds certifications in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), brain injury specialization, Saebo certification, and more. They utilize technologies including functional electrical stimulation, virtual reality technologies including the “Music Glove” for coordination and functional training of the hand, unweighted treadmill walking, and Saebo products to assist with relearning limb and hand movements and aid in adaptation training. To promote recovery of a neurologically impaired arm or leg due to stroke, the therapists also provide a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches. The evidence-based treatment approaches provided include repetitive-task specific training drills, visual imagery with sensorimotor training through the use of mirrors, swelling reduction techniques and technologies, functional bracing, taping and orthoses, and active weightbearing through the use of skilled manual techniques. The compassionate and caring rehabilitation staff at PIPT goes above and beyond in aiding individuals to regain maximal function and independence following stroke. To learn more about stroke rehabilitation, about the rehabilitation services available at PIPT, or about how you can start your, or a loved one’s journey toward maximal recovery, please call 810-603-8300 or visit PIPT’s website at www.piptrehab.com. *taken from www.stroke.org. ABOUT 2/3 OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A STROKE WILL HAVE SOME TYPE OF LASTING DISABILITY FROM THAT STROKE THAT WILL AFFECT HIS OR HER DAILY LIFE I


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