STROKE REHAB CIRCUIT CLASS
Stroke Rehabilitation delivered as a circuit class offers supervised therapy in a group format with a focus on improving performance of everyday movement tasks. Stroke rehabilitation circuit classes can be for arm and hand function or for standing and walking.
There is strong evidence that stroke rehabilitation circuit classes are effective in improving a stroke survivor’s ability to walk further, more independently, and faster and, in some cases, to balance more easily and confidently when compared with other types of therapy. This could mean improved ability negotiating steps, turning in small spaces, walking indoors or walking longer distances outdoors.
Stroke rehabilitation circuit classes differ from general exercise programmes designed to improve strength or aerobic fitness because all activities prescribed within the circuit class are routinely tailored to each individual and directly supervised by the physiotherapist. There is a focus on intensive, repetitive practise of functional tasks and exercises that are continually progressed as the individual’s function improves. Stroke circuit class training addresses components of strength, balance, flexibility and fitness while primarily focussing on specific training of everyday motor tasks.
Stroke circuit training provides additional benefits by way of peer support and social interaction. There are benefits gained by watching other stroke survivors completing similar tasks and learning from them. External feedback is a key factor in improving performance which will be provided by the physiotherapist.
Stroke circuit classes are appropriate at any time point after a stroke. Stroke survivors who have recently returned home from hospital or those who have been living with stroke for some time can improve their balance and mobility (particularly if they have experienced a period of reduced activity). Stroke survivors can improve muscle strength, endurance, and work capacity with a circuit training program.
Walking, Balance & Strength – Neurological Rehabilitation Circuit Class
Stroke circuit classes cater for 6 to 8 participants. There are 8 to 10 exercise stations for participants to rotate through. The physiotherapist tailors each exercise at each station to the individual to achieve the right challenge to ultimately improve walking, balance and strength. These classes can provide benefit if attended regularly or as an 8 or 12 week block.