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Stroke rehabilitation

Our specialist rehabilitation team provides tailored support and care for people recovering from a stroke.


In the UK, one person suffers a stroke every five minutes and more than 100,000 strokes happen every year.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. It is a life-threatening condition that can result in slurred speech and paralysis on one side of your body. After having a stroke, many people are left with weakness and paralysis on one side of their body, as well as persistent problems with fatigue, balance, and co-ordination. Rehabilitation after a stroke can help you effectively manage the physical and psychological impact of your condition through dedicated physiotherapy, speech therapy, and often cognitive behavioural therapy. There are two types of strokes, which are:

An ischaemic stroke

This is caused by a blood clot blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain.

This is the most common type of stroke caused by blood clots blocking the flow of an artery, which may have become narrowed due to fatty deposits, or by a blood clot travelling to your brain from your heart. Narrowing in an artery can occur naturally as a result of ageing, but there are some known factors that can contribute to it. These risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Regular smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

A haemorrhagic stroke

This is caused by a blood vessel in your brain bursting and bleeding into and around your brain. Also known as cerebral or intracranial haemorrhages, these are less common than ischaemic strokes. The main risk factor is high blood pressure, which can weaken the arteries in your brain, making them more prone to split or rupture. High blood pressure can be caused by:

  • Regular smoking
  • A lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

Whatever the type of stroke you’ve had, our teams of specialists at Circle Health Group are here to help you regain your function and get your confidence and independence back.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Some of the main symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Heavy or numb limbs
  • Paralysis on one side of your body
  • A drooped face on onside side
  • Vision loss
  • Difficulty with balance 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty speaking

If you’ are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get medical help quickly by calling an ambulance.

Do you need stroke rehabilitation?

Your condition after a stroke depends on its severity and the area of your brain affected. Although some people recover relatively quickly from a stroke, others need long-term support to help regain function, strength, and mobility. You might need stroke rehabilitation if you are struggling with any of the following problems:

  • Speech difficulties
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Vision loss
  • Difficulty performing everyday tasks due to loss of function and mobility
  • Emotional challenges

You might need extra support from specialists to recover after having a stroke. The condition can often leave you with paralysis on one side, reduced mobility, and some cognitive difficulties, such as memory and concentration problems.

Stroke rehabilitation is a step-by-step programme that helps you regain strength and mobility, relearn important life skills, and adopt methods to slowly recover after a stroke. You will work with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including a consultant, nurse, occupational therapist, and physiotherapist, to follow a rehabilitative treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

Through bespoke technology combined with excellent standards of care from a consultant-led team, we ensure you recover in the fastest and most effective way possible. To find out more about rehabilitation services, you can call a member of our advisory team on 0141 300 5009.

At Circle Health Group, our teams of healthcare professionals will build your personalised treatment plan, including up to three hours of personal therapy a day. We offer state-of-the-art stroke rehabilitation equipment, ample therapy space, and expert care from a team of therapists led by a rehabilitation consultant. We know that everyone is different, so we’ll make sure that your treatment plan is:

  • Tailored just for you
  • Based on up-to-date, best practice knowledge
  • Reviewed daily to ensure you’re making the progress you should be

Early stroke rehabilitation is important

If you can begin stroke rehabilitation as soon as possible after a stroke, it has been shown to lower the risk of further complications and improve the chances of your function being restored.

How long will my stroke rehabilitation last?

The duration of stroke rehabilitation depends on the nature and severity of the stroke itself. Some people can recover within a few weeks, while others will need long-term rehabilitation over an extended period of time spanning several months.

Our stroke rehabilitation services provide world-class recovery programmes designed with one aim in mind: to help you get better as soon as possible.

With significant investment in technology and specialist rehabilitation equipment (including bespoke gym equipment), we help both inpatients and outpatients reach their recovery goals as quickly and safely as possible. Our holistic approach focuses on all aspects of your life, including your lifestyle, relationships, and emotional wellbeing, helping us develop a personalised rehabilitation plan to suit your needs. 

Our services are delivered in a comfortable, friendly, and relaxed environment. From tasty and nutritious meals, to spacious private rooms, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the state-of-the-art facilities we offer.

When you choose to go private for rehabilitation with Circle Health Group, you can expect:   

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and consultant suit your needs  
  • Personalised, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs  
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams  
  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end  
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included  
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Specialists offering Stroke rehabilitation

Mrs Lisa Harris

Speech and Language Therapist

BSc (Hons)

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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