The people who benefit from this program the most are stroke or brain injury survivors who have regained some movement in their hand but want to know if it is possible to get their hand and arm moving better.
Sometimes spontaneous recovery is not enough to help you regain functional movement and you may need the intensive intervention to determine if you can get better use from your hand and arm. This can sometimes be years after the event.
We know from the literature and our own clinical experience, that up to 60% of people report ongoing problems with their arm and hand after a brain injury or stroke. It is the stroke- related physical impairments, such as muscle weakness, pain, and spasticity that can lead to a reduction in the ability to use the stroke-affected arm and hand in daily activities. In fact, the avoidance of using one’s stroke-affected arm is so common, that there is even a name for it “learned non-use syndrome”. Unfortunately, not using the stroke-affected arm can lead to a further loss in strength, range of motion, and fine motor skills. These can then result in contracture, pain and severe bone loss (osteoporosis).
The Upper Limb Boot Camp is typically structured as 3-4 hours of therapy a day, five days a week for two weeks. Your individually prescribed intensive boot camp program can be structured around your unique circumstances. As long as you are practicing the right exercises for you every day, we can deliver the program in many different ways. Each day you can spend up to three hours at the clinic working on your program using our Upper Limb equipment. At home you will practice putting this training back in to everyday life. After the boot camp we will help you to continue your rehab with regular phone calls, a home visit where possible and a comprehensive workbook.