How Physiotherapy Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Stroke

Did you know...

Currently, in Ontario, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability

Strokes are primarily caused by a blockage that inhibits or prevents blood from flowing to the brain.

Modifiable risk factors for stroke:

  • physical inactivity

  • obesity

  • stress

  • high blood pressure / cholesterol levels

  • smoking

Exercise can help reduce stroke risk:

  • it improves cholesterol profile by increasing "good cholesterol" levels

  • it helps to maintain a healthy weight

  • it reduces stress and depression, which sequentially reduces the risk of stroke

  • it keeps your blood vessels healthy and fights high blood pressure

Stroke prevention

  • Get up and move... even moderate activity such as walking helps reduce your risk

  • reduce or quit smoking

  • take steps to control your blood pressure; eat a healthy diet and have your blood pressure checked regularly

  • maintain a healthy weight to reduce your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

  • decrease stress, since elevated levels contribute to increases in blood pressure and cholesterol

Absolute Rehab can help by providing:

  • therapeutic exercise programs to reduce bad cholesterol levels and high blood pressure

  • formal exercise programs to improve your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance

  • consultations regarding nutrition and smoking cessation

  • massage therapy and Pilates to allow your body to relax and help relieve your stress