If you have been wondering if you can get more movement and function out of your hand and arm following a stroke or brain injury then consider this program. It is an intensive program that is tailor made to your needs and helping you achieve your rehab goals. It may include working to improve your strength, movement, coordination and proprioception in the context of how you move in everyday tasks. This program follows a framework representing the best therapy and technology available and to date has been very successful.
The people who benefit from this program the most are stroke or brain injury survivors who have some movement in their hand but have not had extensive rehab or want to know if it is possible to get their hand and arm moving better. Sometimes spontaneous recovery is not enough to help you regain functional movement and you may need the intensive intervention to determine if you can get better use from your hand and arm. This can sometimes be years after the event.
We know from the literature and our own clinical experience, that up to 60% of people report ongoing problems with their arms and hands after a stroke. It is the stroke- related physical impairments, such as muscle weakness, pain, and spasticity that can lead to a reduction in the ability to use the stroke-affected arm and hand in daily activities. In fact, the avoidance of using one’s stroke-affected arm is so common, that there is even a name for it “learned non-use syndrome”. Unfortunately, not using the stroke-affected arm can lead to a further loss in strength, range of motion, and fine motor skills. These can then result in contractures, pain and severe bone loss (osteoporosis).
independent life, but to aid you in your recovery to achieve the best outcome possible. The boot camp is typically structured as 3-4 hours of therapy a day, five days a week for two weeks. Each day you will spend up to three hours at the clinic working on your priority tasks. At home you will practice putting this training back in to everyday life. After the boot camp we will help you to continue your rehab with regular phone calls, a home visit where possible and a comprehensive workbook.