Three benefits of occupational rehab for stroke patients

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Suffering a stroke can be one of the most debilitating traumatic events a patient can experience. Often occupational rehab is prescribed to help patients recover their daily lives after a stroke has occurred. Strokes are caused by blocked arteries or burst blood vessels in the brain. This deprives the brain of blood and oxygen which can cause permanent tissue damage. Symptoms include:

  • Blurred or lost vision
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Confusion or difficulty understanding
  • Slurred or lost speech

Fortunately, there are several benefits that occupational rehab can provide for stroke patients.

Physical rehabilitation

Regaining the strength to complete daily activities is vital to recovering from a stroke. Relearning how to write or use utensils can be a challenge that occupational rehab works to improve. This can include practicing specific movements like signing your name. The occupational rehab specialist may also be able to provide modified tools to assist with cooking, bathing or eating.

Cognitive rehabilitation

Loss of speech and cognitive impairments are common outcomes of a patient suffering from a stroke. Occupational rehab can work with you to help improve memory and regain normal speech. Mental exercises are just as important as physical exercise is to recover as much as possible from a stroke.

Psychological rehabilitation

Suffering a stroke is a life-changing event for a patient. Having someone who understands the situation and can reassure the patient can make a big difference. Another goal of occupational rehab is to help the patient adjust to this new environment.

While experiencing a stroke is a life-altering event, it does not mean you have to lose your independence and daily routine. Our physical therapists are dedicated to helping patients recover their daily lives with occupational rehab. If you or a loved one has recently suffered a stroke, contact Continuum Wellness today to set up your initial appointment.