Monday, February 17, 2014

David Roberts, President
North Shore Physical Therapy Associates
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Marblehead Medical Building
1 Widger Rd
Marblehead, MA 01945
Telephone 781-631-8250
Facsimile 781-639-2060
Salem Fitness Center
38 Swampscott Rd
Salem, MA 01970
Telephone 978-910-0486
Facsimile 978-910-0485


Front Desk was very efficient.  Adam (bless him!) was very patient and good at explaining all therapy.  He was skillful in pin pointing areas of pain. I can’t think of any negative thoughts towards NSPT, always helpful and on time. Janet S.

Everyone here is terrific- Friendly, capable, knowledgeable and experienced, Particularly Stephen and Chelsi.  I have improved significantly and with the knowledge imparted by Stephen that should keep me in good health as I go forwardon my own.  Anonymous

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Stroke Recovery with Physical Therapy

A stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to an area of the brain, resulting in death of brain cells and damage to the brain. This can result in a variety of symptoms. These can range from weakness and altered sensation to paralysis and complete loss of sensation.

While traditional medicine helps in the immediate management of patients and prevents further injury, the best way for a patient to regain independence and quality of life is progressive, supervised exercise under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist.

Why physical therapy?

Physical therapists can help a stroke patient to learn or restore movement patterns essential for day-to-day activities. In addition to motion, a therapist can help improve muscle control, regain balance and stability and boost confidence. A therapist will also help a stroke patient avoid exercises and activities that can be potentially harmful, while creating a safe home environment conducive to rapid recovery.

A New Beginning - New Movement Patterns

A stroke is almost like a bolt of lightning to the nervous system. The effects are difficult to predict. The objective with physical therapy is to make the most out of the given situation, and focus on the basics of motion, strength, balance and environmental awareness. A stroke can forever alter the patient physically and emotionally. Physical therapy plays a critical role in recovery by facilitating:

1. The programming of new movement patterns - Physical therapists will encourage patients to perform both active and passive movements with the upper and lower extremities. This will help the patient regain independence, starting with simple tasks like sitting upright in bed, and getting out of bed independently. These are essential aspects of a happy, healthy and independent life.

2. The importance of environmental awareness – Simple measures such as stroking the skin or tapping the joints can help regaining awareness of the senses. Orientation between the body and surrounding objects is often impacted.

3. Continued rehearsal at home - A home exercise program involves repetition and self-training for the patient. In most cases, support from a family member goes a long way for the patient.

The Freedom Everyone Deserves...

There are things that some of us take for granted in life. It's part of the fabric of human nature. A stroke can rob an individual of fundamental things like muscle control, sensation and balance and shatter the patient's lifestyle. Physical therapists help patients to cope with the aftermath of the neurological impact of a stroke. They provide the patient (and the family) with the tools (and the courage) needed for recovery.

If you or someone you know has any movement problems, then don't hesitate to contact us. As your chosen experts of movement and function, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

You'll be amazed with what physical therapy can do for you. Regular sessions with a therapist can help every individual live life to the fullest. Don't let a stroke (or any limitation) hold you back. Reach out to us. We will help you get the freedom you deserve by helping you get rid of pain and limited motion.

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