Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stroke and the Neuro- IFRAH Approach
Recovery from Cerebrovascular accident is a long and complicated process with many avenues to take for rehabilitation. One unique form of stroke rehabilitation that is rather new to the therapy industry is the NEURO-IFRAH approach. Neuro, is specifically intended for adult patients who are affected by lesions at the level of brain stem and above. I- Integrative, F- Functional, R- Rehabilitation, A- And, H- Habilitation. “The unmatched effectiveness of the Neuro-IFRAH® approach is self evident and is distinguished by the wide exposure of the Neuro-IFRAH® approach and the remarkable progress reported by participants as a result of application on patients.” 1

Renowned therapist Waleed Al-Oboudi, originated the method of NEURO-IFRAH for individuals affected by stroke and brain injuries and has become unmatched for his concepts, clinical skills and treatment of patients. NEURO-IFRAH transforms common contemporary stroke rehabilitation to individualized, integrated and functional principles that focus on the total quality of life rather than performance per therapy session. “This approach theorized that any variable that has an affect on the patient needs to be considered.” 2  This encompases both internal and external variables and combines different forms of occupational and physical therapeutic methods of recovery. By viewing the body as one large interconnected system the old methods of splitting the body into several different specific therapies has become seemingly outdated to NEURO-IFRAH technology. Full body awareness and functionality are crucial to the success of NEURO-IFRAH. Methods such as balance, coordination, and function at body weight are used to ensure confidence and enact real life practices as patients are not only re-acquiring skills they are learning new ones as well. 2

NEURO-IFRAH is very unique in its new found methods and technologies used by occupational and physical therapists to work with appropriate patients. NEURO-IFRAH also designs and markets custom and commercial orthotics for individuals living with paralysis specifically heim paralysis. Most orthotics include (AFO) ankle foot orthotics, (WHO) wrist hand orthotics and other stabilizing assistive devices that make bodily function and activity viable.

Waleed Al-Oboudi offers education on NEURO-IFRAH through certifications and courses teaching others the methodology and benefits of the NEURO-IFRAH approach.          

1Al-Oboudi, W. (2005). Neuro-IFRAH. Retrieved October 5, 2014, from:
2What is Neuro-IFRAH. (n.d.). Retrieved October 6, 2014, from:

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