This program was developed in collaboration with the Stroke Survivor’s Association of Ottawa. It provides an opportunity for stroke survivors to work specifically on improving arm and hand function in a small group setting (4-5 participants).
Participants meet one on one with the physiotherapist prior to beginning the session for an assessment to ensure that the program will meet their needs. Some active arm or hand movement and lots of motivation are the criteria to participate successfully. Each participant is asked to identify a goal that they would like to work towards, and the physiotherapist creates activities designed to practice the skills necessary to achieve that goal. Participants are helped to identify ways to incorporate their weaker arm in everyday activities and are taught the importance of regular stretching and ways to work with any changes in muscle tone and stiffness.
Each participant works on his/her own individualized program in the supportive and social atmosphere of a small group. Individual activities are practiced with the assistance of the physiotherapist, exercise therapist and volunteers in class, but even more importantly, at home during the week between sessions.
The program is currently run at our clinic located at 2081 Merivale Rd., south of Hunt Club. It runs for one hour twice a week in 6 week blocks, or 12 week blocks once a week.