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Cerebral stroke & Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy is a medical discipline which treats the limited mobilities due to injuries and diseases affecting muscle, joint, neurological or respiratory or cardiovascular system.

The role of Physiotherapy is to help the patient to recover the maximum of his physical abilities, depending on his own recovery potential. To do so, the professionals of physiotherapy are using range of treatment modalities.

These procedures, focused on self-empowerment, are permitting the aquisition of a physical ability needed to the social integration, the activities of daily living, the job sport or hobby performance. Indeed, the ability of the patient to deal whith the trauma is a key element of the long-term rehabilitation which needs an active participation and a continued personal investment. The immediate circle is also playing an important role to support and stimulate the patient.

Physioterapists are working with athletes, workers, elderly people, children, students, traffic accident victims, and also with the most serious cases such as multi trauma patients, paralysed people or with hearth conditions. Many people with less severe but equally uncomfortable conditions are consulting physioterapists for tendinitis, back pain, sprain etc.

Compared whith chemical medicative treatments, Physiotherapy has the advantage of not having side effects.


A cerebral stroke is a sudden disruption of the blood flow in the brain, i.e the routing of the blood which provides oxygen. It is generally the result of the obstruction by a clot of a blood vessel. More rarely, it is caused by a burst blood vessel, which is reffered to cerebral haemorrhage.

In case of stroke, symptoms are persisting  and cerebral damages are seen in radiological examinations (scanner or MRI).

A transient ischemic attack, such as an ischemic stroke, is caused by a clot which is temporarily obstructing the brain blood flow. In this case, symptoms are less then one hour and no damage is seen in radiological examinations.

The motor skills reeducation is defined as the application of therapeutic methods whose purpose is the secondary prevention, the conservation, the restoration, the optimisation or substitution of motor function disorders due to a proven stroke.

In this context, using a set of components from different treatment approaches, the physiotherapy seems to be the best solution to promote the functionally independence after a stroke.

It is advisable to begin the motor skills reeducation as soon as possible.

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