Stroke Recovery Program for Kansas City and Surrounding Areas
What We Offer
Project Walk Kansas City is a unique facility that uses exercise to go beyond what traditional rehabilitation can offer, when long-term recovery is the goal. Our programs are specifically designed to be aggressive, personal, and goal oriented. Clients work 1-on-1 with a specialist, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the program. What makes the Project Walk Kansas City Stroke Recovery Program unique is the combination of traditional, and non-traditional therapy equipment that is used to help deliver a more effective recovery program. A few of the special pieces of equipment that we utilize in our facility are:
Having a stroke means you have a greater risk for another (recurrent) stroke. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent a recurrent stroke. It has been suggested that 80% of secondary strokes can be prevented by a combination of lifestyle changes and medical interventions. Here are the facts:
- Approximately 795,000 Americans experience a stroke each year—about 185,000 of those strokes are recurrent strokes.
- At least 1 in 4 (25%-35%) of the 795,000 Americans who have a stroke each year will have another stroke within their lifetime.
- Within 5 years of a first stroke, the risk for another stroke can increase more than 40%.
- Recurrent strokes often have a higher rate of death and disability because parts of the brain already injured by the original stroke may not be as resilient.
- Within 5 years of a stroke, 24% of women and 42% of men will experience a recurrent stroke.
Studies show that people who exercise five or more times per week have a reduced stroke risk. Exercise improves heart function and lipid profile by lowering total cholesterol. It lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure, which is the most important modifiable risk factor. Being active reduces the risk and severity of diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity, and it improves strength, balance, endurance and long-term brain health. For stroke survivors, these benefits can spell the difference between dependence and independence.
Stroke Recovery Information
I thought I would never walk again. After training at Project Walk Kansas City, I was able to see and feel I could do it. Not that it is easy, but the specialists showed me that nothing hard is easy and they never gave up on me.Gary Norton