Stroke, what does that mean for your body?

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening, medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain, and blood supply may be obstructed for various reasons. Without blood, your brain cells can be damaged or die.

Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment can minimise the extent of damage to the brain. Impairments tend to be focused on one side of the body, with the upper limb typically being more affected than the lower limb. In addition, depending on which parts of the brain have been damaged, there are often changes to various aspects of cognitive function.

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How can Pilates help you?

Pilates emphasises controlled breathing with each movement, and this not only boosts physical efficiency by decreasing unnecessary muscle contractions but also facilitates proper alignment in posture and overall balance.

The emphasis on the elongation of each movement helps to open up the trunk and pelvic area, allowing a greater range of motion, which results in more freedom of movement during dynamic activities.

Hemiplegia is a paralysis of one side of the body, which typically results in a strong tendency to shift completely to the unaffected (stronger) side of the body, which in turn leads to increased weakness and poor motor control on the affected (paralysed) side of the body. As a result, the asymmetry in the physical body is exaggerated, instead of progressing towards a state of symmetry. Pilates principles facilitate proper breathing and alignment, which results in improved balance, and increased confidence.

At The Body Refinery, we are passionate about encouraging our clients to move to their optimum ability. Many of our physiotherapists have training in Pilates for neurological conditions. If you want to experience a different kind of rehabilitation, book with Kristen and/or Luiseach.

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