Strokes and TIA (transient ischaemic attack)

A TIA is a type of neuro vascular episode and is also known as a mini stroke as the symptoms are very similar. A TIA doesn’t last as long as a stroke but means you can be at risk of having a full stroke at a later stage.

The main symptoms of a stroke or a TIA:

  • Your face may have dropped on one side. You can see this most clearly by looking at your mouth and eyes
  • You may not be able to lift your arms or feel numbness in this area
  • You may have difficulty in speaking or not even be able to talk at all
  • Problems with balance and walking

Help is at hand

If you have suffered from a stroke or a TIA, you may have found your practical skills, such as eating, writing and walking, and general movement have been affected. Time spent in hospital may also have left you feeling less mobile.

Fairhand Visiting Physiotherapists have worked with cases at all stages.

Senior man (60s) working with physical therapists (30s) on strengthening exercises and coordination, using balance ball and cones.  Focus on patient's hand holding cone.

Your Fairhand physio will:

  • Show you stretches and positioning that you can practise safely every day or with assistance
  • Offer guidance to your family or carers so they too can be a part of your recovery
  • Supply you with the correct mobility equipment, if necessary
  • Help and guide with methods to help with all of your activities and daily living
  • Liaise with your GP, especially if you are taking medication


The information provided on our website is for guidance purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice or professional diagnosis. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Case Study – chronic issues

Name Mrs H Age 90 Location Warlingham Mrs H had been diagnosed with COPD and had a chronic history of hospital admissions and repeat use of antibiotics. For 18 months, Fairhand visited Mrs H twice a week, and applied our chest treatments of postural drainage and...


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