Why I Like Working with Patients that have Suffered from a Stroke.
By Robert Figgins, OT
My name is Robert Figgins and I am an occupational therapist with Optimal Therapy. I have had many opportunities to work with patients that have recently had a stroke, and loved each opportunity!
As an occupational therapist (OT), I have been educated and trained to help people improve or regain functional use of their extremities after they have suffered from some traumatic event.
OTs focus on individualizing treatment plans and treatment sessions to make sure the patient is benefiting from therapy and is motivated to push themselves to get better.
This approach is perfect for patients that are recovering from a stroke.
I believe that the brain is more powerful than we currently understand.
I have seen the power of people using their brain to help them recover multiple times throughout my years of practice.
Some of my best experiences with seeing people use brain power to heal and recover has been with my patients recovering from a stroke.
One very interesting ability of the brain during recovery is called neural plasticity.
According to an article published entitled “What Is Neural Plasticity?”, Rommy von Bernhardi, Laura Eugenin-von Bernhardi and Jaime Eugenin state ‘"Neural plasticity" refers to the capacity of the nervous system to modify itself, functionally and structurally, in response to experience and injury.”
Basically, the brain will figure out a way to make new connections after it has been injured!
This amazes me!
I view this as meaning everyone has the ability to regain the ability to be independent after suffering from even a severe traumatic event, such as a stroke.
I enjoy using techniques that are associated with what therapists refer to as neuro re-education.
We use a variety of techniques to help the brain reconnect to the muscles that are not working like they were before.
I like to use techniques such as vibration, Russian stim, weight-bearing and mirror therapy.
These techniques provide an input to the body that the brain can not ignore and will have to create a response.
With repetition and time, these techniques can help improve functional use of an extremity affected by a stroke and can help improve a person’s independence and quality of life.
I love being able to be a part of a person’s life and recovery after a stroke.
Robert Figgins works at Optimal Therapy an Affiliated Company (previously Affiliated Therapy) located in northwest Las Vegas.
The address is 9050 W Cheyenne Ave. Ste 210, Las Vegas, NV 89129.
To schedule an appointment call 702-564-6712 or click here to see a list of our locations.
Robert Figgins was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. After graduating from Bonanza High School, Robert served a 2-year mission in Hawaii for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After returning home from Hawaii, he completed his undergraduate courses at UNLV in 2011 with a degree in Business Management. Robert attended an occupational therapy graduate program in Mesa, AZ and graduated in 2016 with special training in both pediatrics and sports rehabilitation.
Robert is trained in different manual techniques, including IASTM and cupping, and has experience working with a wide variety of injuries and disabilities. Robert is also trained to work with children that have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Robert was married in Gilbert, AZ in 2014 and has two boys, James and Landon, who keep him very busy. Robert enjoys playing basketball, cheering on the Rebels basketball team, and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and family.