Types of Therapy After a Stroke
Some different therapies available as part of rehab after a stroke include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Talk therapy.
For most patients who have had a stroke, rehab mainly involves physical therapy. The goal of physical therapy is to help someone who has had a stroke relearn simple motor activities such as:
- Lying down
- The process of switching from one type of movement to another.
To achieve this, patients will work with physical therapists who use training, exercises, and physical manipulation of the patient's body to restore movement, balance, and coordination.
Another type of therapy to help patients relearn daily activities is occupational therapy. This type of therapy also involves exercise and training. The goal of occupational therapy with people in rehab after a stroke is to help them relearn everyday activities such as:
- Drinking and swallowing
- Reading and writing
As part of stroke treatment, occupational therapists seek to help the patient become independent or semi-independent.