From the Centre For Stroke Recovery
Edited by Barbara Gabogrecan
With one in three people in Australia suffering from a stroke, it is essential that we all take what precautions we can to reduce the risk of having a stroke. It is also important to realise that even children can suffer from a stroke.
Babies can have a stroke while still in the womb and last week I met a grandmother whose 2 month old grandchild had a stroke. It is quite common for teenagers and those under the age of 30 to suffer a stroke – it is not just a disease of the elderly.
Exercise can not only reduce the risk of suffering from a stroke but it can assist those who have had a stroke from having another one. It is quite common for people to have a recurring stroke.
Not only does exercise assist with muscle building, bone strength and keeps the heart and lungs healthy, there is also evidence that exercise can improve the condition of the brain. The brain tries to heal itself and find ways to remove the barriers that stroke sufferers have. Exercise can assist the brain to do this.
There are no magic pills, but exercise does reduces the risk factor of recovering patients suffering a second stroke.
Hints and Tips from Barbara
Exercise does not have to be ‘over the top’ to be of value for our health. Try gentle hydrotherapy or simply walking. The difficulty many of us have is that we have other conditions like hips and knees that need replacing and can stop us from doing even simple exercises. Many do not have the funds to take part on regular hydrotherapy sessions – but don’t make excuses. Even sitting on a chair and doing some light dumbbell lifts can be of great benefit.
This video shows an 80 year old stroke sufferer take up exercise to help with her recovery. There is also some good information made available via the Centre for Stroke Recovery.