Riding after a stroke

Primary goals which include access to the community, improved independence and active social participation are key to many people living with a disability. For people who have suffered a stroke, these goals are likely to be in response to the sudden removal of these freedoms.

There is evidence that dedication to occupational and physiotherapy following a stroke is critical to the extent of potential recovery.

Through active rehabilitation, many stroke victims may be able to return to a new normal which can include bike riding. Of course, riding an ebike takes away some of the major concerns people have around the performance and reliability of their body to do what was once an easy activity. The ebike can help manage hills, manage fatigue and even manage balance concerns.

Some typical symptoms:

Stroke recovery is often focused on incremental improvements through repetition. This can be greatly assisted by cycling which essentially is a consistently repetitive process. Customisation may be required to assist with partial paralysis and we have provided hand mittens or modified handlebars, splitters to accommodate single-sided operation of controls and modified brakes to suit weakened hand muscles.

Appreciating that every person impacted by stroke may present differently, we realise that a standard bike may not be suitable and the success of the individual depends on motivation but also custom-fitting to suit their needs.

Case studies

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B.G. “The last few years have been tough but cycling has been crucial to my recovery. It’s helped with my confidence and my general state of mind. It’s given me my life back and I want to share that with other people.”

Bikes to ride:

BF Rehatri semi-recumbentBF i-Tri EuroBF Roma
Ease of transfer Supportive seat Forward pedalling actionBalance support Super-low step-throughLow step-through Mid-drive Upright ride position

Contact us to discuss your options & speak with our team of specialists!

Sources: https://www.uchealth.org/today/stroke-recovery-was-about-the-bike-and-much-more/