Is Online Therapy Effective?
March 6, 2023 by Steve Kerschke, PT
In 2021, 37% of adults used telemedicine. The rate of telemedicine use was 42% for women and 31.7% for men. The research shows that virtual therapy is becoming more and […]
March 9, 2023 by Steve Kerschke, PT
Did you know that only 10 percent of stroke victims completely recover after a stroke? Research also reports that 25 percent of stroke patients recover with mild disabilities. At the same time, 40 percent suffer moderate to severe disability requiring special care.
Access to stroke patient therapy will increase the chances of a successful recovery for victims. In the following sections, you’ll find a guide to online therapy for stroke patients to learn what it is and understand its benefits.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, online therapy is now more acceptable than ever. Many doctors, therapists, and specialists offer video or phone sessions to connect with their patients and help them with their health issues.
Some of the services a stroke patient may receive from online therapy are listed below:
Our guide to online therapy for stroke patients will show you some of the best resources to help you during your recovery. Some patients may not always have friends or family to assist in their recovery. While you are recovering from a stroke, online therapy can assist you in finding resources in your area.
When someone suffers a stroke, they often have to relearn the basics of life again, which can be an uphill battle. However, through online therapy, victims can heal and regain the strength to cope with everyday life during the recovery process.
Kintinu Telerehab knows that physical and occupational therapy as well as speech-language pathology are essential for stroke recovery. These treatments assist stroke survivors in regaining physical and cognitive abilities, which is why we emphasize them in our online sessions for stroke survivors.
Recovery from a stroke can be a long process requiring patience, perseverance, and dedication. Generally, the recovery process takes several years.
Some stroke patients find that online therapy is helpful during this time. Below are some of the skills a patient can recover from attending online therapy with a specialist.
After a stroke, it’s common to have trouble finding the right words or putting complete sentences together. A stroke may cause aphasia, which is a condition resulting in difficulty communicating. The muscles that control speech could be damaged, causing you to have problems with your speech.
An effective way to speak clearly and coherently is to work with a speech and language therapist. Depending on the severity of the damage, they can also teach you other ways to communicate.
In the event of a stroke, you may struggle with thinking, reasoning, and judgment skills. Of courses, memory loss may also be an issue. Cognitive problems after a stroke may affect your behavior as well.
For example, you may have once been an outgoing and carefree person before the stroke. However, you’re now withdrawn and choose not to socialize as much.
You may also act more impulsively after a stroke because you have fewer inhibitions. Again, it is caused by your inability to comprehend the consequences of your actions. The loss of these abilities can put your safety at risk, so it’s crucial to regain them.
Therapists specializing in occupational therapy and speech-language pathology can help you recover these skills. Additionally, they ensure you have the skills to access your home and to remain safe in your environment.
You may have difficulty moving your arm and/or leg after a stroke because the muscles on one side are weak. In turn, you will have trouble walking and performing other physical activities due to this interference with your coordination. Painful muscle spasms are also possible.
Your physical therapist can teach you how to balance and strengthen your muscles. Furthermore, they can teach you other techniques to control muscular spasms. As you re-learn motor skills, you may need assistance walking, and a physical therapist can provide those tools for you during this time.
A stroke can also affect how your body perceives temperature, pressure, or other sensory inputs. Physical therapists are available to help you adjust to your body changes and relearn how to use your sensory inputs.
Strokes are often associated with behavioral and emotional changes. Not only can stroke affect mood and outlook, but the area of the brain injured and changes in the chemistry of the brain may have a profound effect.
The emotional and behavioral changes survivors experience after a stroke will be odd to their loved ones. For example, the stroke victim may often experience irritability, forgetfulness, and confusion. Other feelings that are common among stroke victims are anxiety and depression.
Some good news is that many disabilities from strokes tend to improve over time. This includes emotional and behavioral changes too.
These disabilities usually get better through time and working with specialists. By working with therapists and joining online support groups, stroke victims can regain skills to help them cope with their emotions and moments of depression.
As you recover from a stroke, your doctors, nurses, and other specialists will provide you with resources to assist you. In addition, some people may want to learn more about strokes and what to expect on their own.
Below are some great online stroke patient resources for you to look over during your free time:
The online resources listed above can provide you with information about what to expect during all stages of having a stroke, particularly when it comes to financial support and healing. If you would like to find a support group in your area, the American Stroke Association offers a locator on their website.
Our guide to online therapy for stroke patients is just the beginning in terms of the ways Kintinu Telerehab can help you. Each patient’s recovery process is unique, and we tailor our care to meet each patient’s needs.
At Kintinu Telerehab, we offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy to stroke victims. In addition, we also provide emotional support and counseling. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please contact us today!