Following a stroke people can experience reduced strength, sensation, and coordination on one side of their body. Many patients describe difficulties in lifting their foot to step and the inability to weight bear on the affected side, leading to trips and falls. This can affect the individual’s confidence and desire to complete everyday tasks for example pushing a trolley around the supermarket or weeding the garden.
Physiotherapy can help improve balance post stroke through providing goal directed training to achieve the desired functional outcome.
Treatment for reduced Balance
- High intensity leg training
- Balance exercises on flat and uneven surfaces
- Gait re-education
- Assessment and provision of foot drop devices
- Repetition of a specific task to achieve individualised goals
Balance physiotherapy can be provided within the clinic or community.