Did you know that Stroke is the leading cause of disability world-wide, with an estimated 17 million people experiencing a stroke each year.

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability worldwide, with an estimated 17 million people experiencing a stroke each year. The good news is that exercise physiology can play a crucial role in stroke management and recovery. Today, we’ll explore what exercise physiology is, how it can benefit stroke patients, and how you can incorporate it into your recovery plan.

For Strokes, speed is everything, use the FAST acronym to determine if you need to take action during a suspected stroke event – click to ,here to find the FAST tool

What is exercise physiology?

Exercise physiology is the study of how the body responds to physical activity. It encompasses the science of movement, including how muscles, bones, and organs work together to produce movement. Exercise physiologists are trained to design and implement exercise & lifestyle interventions that are safe and effective for individuals with medical conditions, injuries, or disabilities, you can learn more about Exercise Physiology here ,(LEARN MORE ABOUT EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY HERE).

Exercise Physiology for Stroke Management

For stroke patients, exercise physiology can be an essential part of the rehabilitation process. Stroke can cause muscle weakness, paralysis, and reduced coordination, making it difficult to perform daily activities such as walking, dressing, and eating. Exercise physiology can help stroke patients regain strength, flexibility, and coordination, allowing them to recover and regain independence.

The benefits of exercise physiology for stroke patients are numerous. Exercise can improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of future strokes, and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Additionally, exercise can help reduce muscle stiffness and spasticity, improve range of motion, and increase muscle strength. This is important for improving physical limitations caused by strokes, and assist individuals to return to activities they might be missing, including playing with your kids, participating in sports or simply activities or daily living around the house.

How to Incorporate Exercise Physiology into Your Stroke Recovery Plan

If you’re a stroke patient, it’s essential to work with a healthcare professional who can help you develop an exercise program that meets your unique needs. Your healthcare provider may refer you to an exercise physiologist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist who can design an exercise program that is safe and effective for you.

Your exercise program may include a variety of activities, such as stretching, range-of-motion exercises, and resistance training. Your healthcare provider may also recommend cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, cycling, or swimming, to improve your cardiovascular health.

It’s important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your exercise program. Your healthcare provider will monitor your progress and adjust your program as needed to ensure that you’re making progress safely and effectively.

Stroke & the NDIS

Stroke is the leading cause of disability world wide. Strokes affect each individual differently, and subsequently affect each person differently. Many individuals recovering from stroke events are eligible receive funding for therapy to assist managing their condition.

Individuals recovering from strokes are often funded for Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietetics & in some case psychology. This is a great initiative to help people receive the support they need.

If you’ve had a stroke and are interested in learning about how to receive NDIS support or you wish to apply for NDIS support, simply call our friendly team or view the NDIS website here: Am I Eligible for NDIS?


Exercise physiology can play a crucial role in stroke management and recovery. By incorporating exercise physiology into your recovery plan, you can improve your physical and emotional well-being, reduce the risk of future strokes, regain your independence & return previous activities a stroke might be preventing you from. If you’re a stroke patient, talk to your healthcare provider or supports coordinator about incorporating exercise physiology into your recovery plan.

If you’re not sure how to get started, give out friendly Client Experience Team a call on 1300 364 262

Some More Useful tips about Strokes

For Strokes, speed is everything, if you suspect a stroke of notice the above symptoms, call 000 immediately. Just remember, if you’re unsure, paramedics prefer to have a false alarm than to have a stroke!