Physical Therapy Baltimore, MD
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area in the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of glucose and oxygen and begin to die. When the blood flow connections from your brain and your muscles are cut off, it can lead to loss of mobility and movement.
At Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic, we are dedicated to providing world-class rehabilitation and physical therapy experience for our patients. Our cutting-edge clinic employs the most innovative stroke therapy technologies available anywhere. Our Baltimore, MD physical therapists have extensive experience in providing programs for stroke victims, especially during the early crucial states of recovery when the patients have minimal control over the affected muscles.
The road to recovery can take a considerable amount of time and is dependent upon a regimented physical therapy plan.
Paralysis is often one of the results of a stroke. During the first phase of recovery, the physical therapy plan will include working with the area with the paralysis keeping those muscles stimulated and toned, help prevent stiffness, and maintain circulation. In doing so, if and when function is returned to those areas, it may be easier for a patient to regain movement.
The first meeting at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic, you will receive a thorough exam, and we will review your physician’s notes and speak with you and your family about your symptoms and limitations. This allows the development of a physical therapy plan that works for you, geared toward restoring mobility and preventing future problems that may arise because of having a stroke.
Ask questions! What are your expectations and does your physical therapist agree with your timetable? Here are some tips for succeeding at home while working a Baltimore, MD physical therapy plan.
- Do your homework! A Maryland physical therapist can work with you while you are with them, however, follow their instructions and do the exercises necessary to help you regain mobility.
- Make a schedule and follow it. This will help keep you accountable and consistent.
- Develop a mindset that says “I will keep doing the exercises until it works.” Remain positive.
- Be persistent and open to changes or modifications in your physical therapy plan.
- Do not get discouraged when you plateau. It is a normal part of recovery. Change up your routine when this happens to help stimulate your brain.
- Never give up hope – lots of stroke survivors have overcome paralysis against the odds.
- Exercises are passive or active – know the difference. You perform the movement on your own during active exercises. Active exercises help strengthen the neural pathways in your brain that help you accomplish the movement. During passive exercises (also called range of motion exercises), you help yourself carry out the exercise when you cannot do it yourself. The point in assisting yourself is to help gain movement in your limbs, even though they may be paralyzed. The passive exercise helps your brain rewire itself – a process called neuroplasticity.
- Don’t let anyone’s opinion deter your efforts. Ignore people that tell you that you won’t achieve a full recovery or that you cannot do something. Believe in yourself and your recovery!
Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic is ready to help you on the road to recovery. Let us put together a treatment plan that gets you moving and puts hope back into your life. Contact us today to set up a consultation for physical therapy Baltimore, MD families recommend.