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Ep. 4: The journey to recover from a stroke

May 14, 2019

When most people think about strokes, they probably think about how debilitating and unexpected they can be.  It can be scary to think about.  

Nevertheless, not only is it important to know the risk factors that can lead to strokes, but what happens AFTER a stroke.  What can be recovered?  How soon does rehabilitation begin?  What does the rehab process involve?  What can your life look like after a stroke?

Episode Summary

Strokes are highly variable from one to the next.  They could be as simple to cause loss of sensation in the fingertypes, or as devastating as to cause your brain to forget that one side of your body even exists.  Not being aware of half of your body causes many lifestyle problems, and also can be a health risk.  Imagine burning or cutting your arm on something without even knowing?  

Fortunately, there are exercises and techniques to counteract the effects of strokes.  They includes exercise to regain strength, weight bearing to reconnect nerves with the brain, and lots of repetition to get the body and brain back on the same page.  Physical and Occupational Therapists are trained to use a large array of practices to gain as much function back as is possible.  What happens when the limit is reached?  They use a large array of practices to adapt lifestyles, even going so far as to re-arrange a person's home to help train the brain to reconnect with the "bad" side.

Stroke rehabilitation starts right away, requires frequent sessions with both PT and OT, and also consistency, practice at home, and a drive to recover.  


Adam Varvil

Physical Therapist

Courtney Engel

Occupational Therapist



National Stroke Association

Symptoms and Causes