Middlesbrough stroke rehab programme 'success'
- 28 September 2011
- From the section Tees
A rehabilitation programme in Middlesbrough is claiming progress in treating stroke patients using intensive therapy methods.
The programme aims to improve balance, movement and hand-eye co-ordination by gym use and boxing classes.
The 10-week course is delivered by Middlesbrough Council's sports development team at Clairville Stadium.
The course uses "neurological re-wiring" to get healthy brain areas to take over other responsibilities.
Commenting on the eight people on the course, a spokesperson said "one has now joined the gym, one completed the Sport Relief Mile in aid of the Stroke Association and another had used a wheelchair but was now walking, working out in the gym and swimming regularly".
She added: "The increase in general confidence is also significant and very important for people progressing with their lives after having a stroke."