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Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Europe. 1.4 million deaths are registered yearly in Europe alone. There are 45,000 new stroke cases every year, and an estimated 500 000 patients living with the after effects of suffering a stroke. / National Stroke League Data / Only an estimated 25% of patients recover without permanent disability, and about 50% of stroke sufferers need therapy. There are an estimated number of 15 000 deaths per year alone in Hungary. [Hungarian Stroke Organization Data (MST)]
Our applied therapy, ARNI: A new and special approach to stroke rehabilitation, which is now internationally recognized and highly successful.
Dr. Tom Balchin– suffered a stroke and became half-paralyzed. His rehabilitation / from which ARNI has sprouted over the last 15 years / has been an innovative combination of self-defense sports, muscle development with weight exercises, as well as psychological and self-management training.
This triple combination now serves as rehabilitation method with clinical proof, for the optimum development of stroke patients to offer sufferers a whole and full life. She learned and perfected this therapy, and brought this method to Hungary. Gabriella Pásztor Physiotherapist
STROKE, by definition is clinical syndrome that leads to permanent damage or death due to a blood supply disorder to the brain generally caused by blood clots, arterial thrombosis cerebral embolization or bleeding of the cornea. Encephalomalacia or commonly referred to as softening of the brain is caused by blockage of blood flow to the brain causing temporary or permanent damage.
Signs and symptoms of a stroke
Symptoms of stroke depend on which areas of the brain are affected. Symptoms may include a noticeable speech disorder, imbalance or movement disorder, loss of sensation, visual disturbance, difficulty swallowing, and respiratory distress. In acute cases a severe headache is common, loss of consciousness and sudden paralysis. Severe strokes may cause immediate death. Stroke signs and symptoms must not be mistaken for symptoms of TIA (transient ischemic attack). TIA generally is the red-flag of a possible stroke, but TIA is reversible with symptoms only lasting a few minutes while signs and effects of a stroke are irreversible.
In Hungary stroke is one of the most common illnesses affecting the population. Its occurrence is growing continuously with more and more men being affected than there are women. While 2% of women under the age of 65 were affected by the disease, every tenth male among men over the age of 65 had a history of stroke. Key Risk Factors:
Cholesterol increase, increase of blood lipids
Consumption of significant amounts of alcohol
The mission of the ARNI method is to guide stroke survivors and to teach the importance of their role in their rehabilitation. The patients’ will, perseverance and attitude are necessary factors in achieving results. The method guides the patients to achieve the recovery goal they set for themselves. The primary focus is on what they want to achieve in the recovery process. The trainer’s task is to see and understand individual goals, and to guide and assist in healing and rehabilitation, therefore, the patient receives a guideline, a strategy to achieve these goals on an individual level.
Prevention is the key to eliminating risk factors.
Optimizing blood pressure
Metabolic optimization (blood glucose and blood lipids – cholesterol)
Normalization of body weight
The main goals of ARNI are:
task-specific functional activities / activity and movement of everyday life
general strengthening, muscle strength increase
balance techniques and balance development exercises
functional rehabilitation of upper and lower body