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Physiotherapy (physio) can help your movement and balance following a stroke. A physiotherapist can help you to:
Practice is crucial to success! It is important to practise in different places and for short periods at a time. Being able to keep your balance in the gym does not mean you will be able to do so in a busy street or around the home where there are distractions. Once you’re steady on your feet, you should try keeping your balance while doing various activities, such as picking up objects.
Being overtired makes you more likely to fall so only practise for 20 minutes at a time to begin with and build things up slowly.
It is natural to be nervous about falling, and for your family and friends to be afraid that you may hurt yourself. However, try not to let the fear of falling stop you getting mobile again. If you are nervous you may be more likely to fall. It may be safer to practise when somebody else is around, so they can help you.
Your physiotherapist may suggest some different types of training or devices that may help you become more confident about walking. These may include:
The above treatments are not suitable for everyone. Your physiotherapist will work with you to decide what is best for you.
Note on walking sticks: Walking sticks are very individualised aids and therefore you should talk to your physiotherapist about whether a walking stick would help you in any way.