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Physical deficits

10) Balance and mobility

Patient and physio session using paralell bars

Photo is provided with permission from Nottingham rehab

Balance is the bodies’ automatic ability to stop us from falling over during tasks e.g. stepping; reaching etc. It is a key requirement for being able to move and walk.  After a stroke balance can be affected and may take time to recover and for some people may be difficult to regain at all. Therapists assess and work on a person’s ability to balance in different positions (sitting and standing).

In order to walk we have to be able to keep our balance and upright posture, have enough strength in our legs to hold us up and be able to move our legs.