7 Steps to Stroke Recovery – Step #1 – Exercise and Mobility

7 Steps to Stroke Recovery – Step #1 – Exercise and Mobility

Last year Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia (SRABC) developed their successful ‘7 Steps to Stroke Recovery’ video, which has been extensively used by stroke survivors and their families. In 2015 SRABC decided, in collaboration with March of Dimes Canada, to create a series covering each step.

Now SRABC is pleased to announce the release of the next video in that series – Step #1: Exercise and Mobility.

The video emphasises important points to help stroke survivors to exercise regularly. It also helps stroke survivors and caregivers to make sure their post-hospital stroke recovery includes enough physical exercise.

Exercise helps us to:
• Live longer and improve quality of life
• Be healthier
• Be in a better mood
• Reduce stress
• Have more energy

The most exciting news from the frontiers of brain science is that phys¬i¬cal exer¬cise also trig¬gers changes in the brain that can make up for lost function after a stroke. Brain cells surrounding the damaged area change, so they can take on the functions of the damaged cells -and that is really helped by physical exercise. In simple terms exercise trains the brain.

The video is hosted by March of Dimes Canada’s celebrity spokesperson and former TV wrestler Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, who is himself a stroke survivor and advocate. The information is presented by physiotherapist and author, Heather Branscombe, who is a member of the SRABC’s Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Committee. Heather is an experienced therapist who has extensive experience of working with stroke survivors.

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in Canada, with 6500 strokes occurring in BC every year. The main question facing stroke survivors after discharge from hospital is “now what?” Not knowing where to go for help in the community, not knowing what is available and not knowing how to access programs is confusing and frustrating. As stroke survivors move from hospital to home and adjust to life with a disability, they are at risk for depression, social isolation, as well as physical and cognitive decline. They need relevant education and practical guidance on living life after stroke and SRABC is committed to providing just that.

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