I suffered a brain haemorrhage in December 2011 which left me with left arm paralysis and generalised weakness down my left hand side. My NHS treatment was excellent and enabled me to return home, but NHS physiotherapy is limited in terms of time and intensity and it soon became apparent that I would need the intensive physiotherapy offered by TherapyMatters if I was going to achieve a recovery that would enable me to resume my pre-stroke life.
My sessions with Clare have focused on different areas of my body and the intensive work on different muscles has enabled me to regain much of the lost movement. My walking is almost back to normal, and there has been a massive improvement in both my left arm and left hand. I am now at a level where I am able to walk to work, I can stand up for eight hours a day in the pharmacy in which I work and do my job.
Rehab is not easy and the results are sometimes frustratingly slow but when Clare puts in the most part of a session in order to move a finger and you can move your finger independently (no matter how small a movement) at the end of the session – I realise how lucky I have been in becoming one of TherapyMatters clients.
I sincerely believe that without Clare's expertise I would not have recovered from my stroke to the extent that I have. I have achieved all my goals so far – enjoying life with my family, back to the gym, back to driving and back in work.