Stroke Therapy Equipment
Stroke Therapy Equipment
Should you have suffered a stroke, rehabilitation can help you to cope with the changes and to regain as much movement and function as possible. Your rehabilitation can be enhanced by the use of therapy equipment – some standard and some highly specialised. This page describes some of the different types of equipment we have available to use at Circle Rehabilitation as we help you move closer towards achieving your personal rehabilitation goals.
Every person is different, and part of the challenge in providing effective stroke rehabilitation is to tailor therapy and exercises to the individual. At Circle Rehabilitation we have a multi-disciplinary team of experienced healthcare experts who specialise in helping people recovering from a stroke. Your therapy team will ensure that you are using the appropriate equipment to enhance your rehabilitation. Our healthcare professionals will work with you to ensure that you are using the equipment correctly and safely.
After a stroke it can be a real challenge to perform tasks that previously were simple. While this can be frustrating, by learning how to use the equipment correctly and performing the specified exercises you should start to see improvements.
At Circle Rehabilitation we are fortunate to be able to offer some of the most advanced equipment for rehabilitation following a stroke, much of it not widely available in the UK.
Offering the latest in technological advances, some of this equipment offers significant potential benefits to people over and above more traditional equipment.
Treadmills: we have a number of different types of treadmills available to use. After a stroke many people find it a challenge to balance and to walk. Using our treadmills with expert guidance can help people as they recover. As well as traditional treadmills, we are also able to offer:
- AlterG anti-gravity treadmill: Driven by technology from NASA, this enables the individual to walk (or run) whilst some of their body weight is supported. This can be particularly useful for those who have weakness, an altered gait pattern, or who are fearful of falling.
- Hydro Physio: This is a walk-in unit with an integrated treadmill which can be filled with water from calf- to shoulder-height. The buoyancy of the water helps to cushion weak muscles and reduce the load on painful or weak joints. For patients who are unsteady on their feet following a stroke, this provides a safe way for them to regain muscle strength in the legs and confidence in standing and moving again. The water in the treadmill is warm, creating a comfortable environment and aiding muscle relaxation.
Gym equipment: From free weights to exercise bikes, we have a range of functional equipment that can help you with your rehabilitation.
Balance: Balance is something that can be affected by a stroke, and at Circle Rehabilitation we have the Biodex Balance System SD on site to help patients increase their balance and agility, all in a safe and effective way.
Mind Maze: Combining neuroscience and technology, this state-of-the-art equipment can help with limb rehabilitation. It uses virtual reality to engage the patient, making it fun, interesting and motivating.
Nintendo Wii: This is one of our most popular items of equipment for families to enjoy together when they visit! Along with the fun of spending time together, it is also a useful way of working on balance and movement in people recovering from a stroke. We know the value of family support through rehabilitation and the Wii is one way of helping families encourage one other.
Mirror therapy: A stroke can cause weakness or paralysis in one side of the body. Mirror therapy uses a plain mirror or mirror box to show movement of the less affected arm or leg. The reflected image of a moving limb can ‘trick’ the brain, thinking the more affected limb is moving. This can stimulate various areas of the brain and enhance movement and rehabilitation.
Therapeutic putty: with different consistencies offering varying levels of resistance, therapeutic putty is a good way to improve strength and function in the hands and fingers.
Mobility aids: From walking sticks and quad sticks to walking frames and wheelchairs, we have a comprehensive range of aids to assist you as you learn to safely mobilise again.
We know that a stroke is a life-changing event and can be hard for you and your family. Rehabilitation following a stroke can be physically and emotionally challenging. We also know that having access to the best equipment can be of significant help in your rehabilitation.
If you would like more information about how we can help you recover from a stroke, please contact us.