If you have come to this page, means that you have already completed many important
objectives for the stroke rehabilitation in family atmosphere. It means that you have
understood the importance of the neurocognitive rehabilitation, and that you have also
understood, that working at home with your most beloved relatives offers a great amount of
advantages. You have met the support team in Facebook and have seen how other families

You have already experienced an orientation on-line visit in Skype with Doctor Valerio Sarmati
and have understood the potentiality of the continuous support.

The last stage is to complete all these actions with the support program in order to make the
rehabilitation at home more solid and efficient.

Giovanna M.
The support program is fantastic, the online visits are an indispensable help for
the relatives, the exercises done, should be corrected and we only do that
through the online visits.

Thanks Valerio for all your help!

Angelo M.

… What worried us, but at the same time, would have made us save time and
money, was the figure of the therapist, a specialist was not necessary but rather a
relative who would have allowed, again because the money and time saved is not
something unimportant, to be able to do the exercises at home at the most
convenient time for me…

I had a hemorrhagic stroke which caused a grave right hemiplegia. I had had for
about 6 months, the muscular physiotherapy, in order to understand each other,
the “traditional” one, and having to say directly or through my relative’s, that the
therapists who were helping me, private or from the SS, after many months gone
by, had said that the ankle would never recover, and the tutors advising that the
hand will never move again. A neurologist, who visited me at the end of the sixth

month, gave me the coup de grace, when he told me that unfortunately, I should
give up.

At this time, thanks to my son’s searching in internet, I met Dr. Valerio Sarmati
and started with him a “neurocognitive” type rehabilitation period. To be honest,
at the beginning, I was a bit skeptical, I realized that it had to do with school rules,
figures, circles and other strange objects for me, but they were going to be used
in the therapy. I was very baffled, and we had talked about it with the family.
The next day, we began to do some exercises, just as we had been taught in the
video guide

Angelo M.

… Many days went by, a lot of days, and without even been aware, I started to
notice that something was changing in my body; in fact, through Dr. Sarmati´s
lessons, I started to walk better without a doubt…

Before my steps were uncoordinated, my family heard me come from far away.
After 7 months, I walk with a cane, but for the time being and just to feel a bit
more secure, and to better the load on the plegic leg, but sooner than later I will
kick it away. In the street I walk loosely, casual, and if it were not for the cane,
people will not notice any difference.

Meanwhile, little by little, and specially in the morning, I noticed that I was able to
open and close my hand many times, and that even my heel that I was told I
would never move again, started to move, though not completely, but in a light
way which encouraged me to continue onwards with this therapy. Today I feel
that it is getting better increasing its angle. The hand I am watching it move again
little by little, but moving.

Angelo M.

Everything has been possible, thanks to Dr. Sarmati´s considerable effort, that I
personally, aside from the money issue, think that he is blessed with a great
humanity, since he dedicates at least 6 hours a day to us the paraplegics,
whenever his presence is required. Available at all times, it happened to me that
one night, very late, I had an urgent need of advice, and I had it, even though it
was almost midnight, and the day of ¨Holy Week¨, when he answered me ¨How?
¨ through a group created by him in Facebook, where our exercises in videos are
published, after he watches and corrects them if necessary.

In this group, it is possible to observe other patient´s videos where it is possible to
intervene and give your own opinion or advice. In fact, sometimes a story is a
theory provided by Dr. Sarmati or a story about an experience in the hemiplegic
field. That way, advice after advice to one patient first and then to another, you
wind up familiarizing and making the group a great family, where you can even
get things off your chest or receive a bit of needed consolation in times of
bewilderment or when things are well, because everything has its ups and downs.
Before finding Dr. Sarmati, my fears were to confront a trip of approximately 5
hours to Rome, which also implied other travel expenses, like fuel, parking, and
lodging, but with Dr. Sarmati, we see each other every 15 days through the
computer technically ¨online¨ via the well known Skype In the video call, all the exercises of the program are checked, and any problems found are

New exercises are added and old ones are taken off. When I talk to my friends
and they ask, ¨Are you doing physiotherapy? ¨ ¨What Dr., do you go to? ¨, I just
answer that I do ¨neurocognitive¨ with a Dr., in Rome. They look at me with a
pitiful expression and tell me, ¨Do you go to Rome¨, and then I explain how my
physiotherapy is. The result is that all of them are astonished by the ingenuity of
the therapeutical plan applied by Dr. Valerio Sarmati.

¨This is my personal experience and what I really think of the support program for
patients and relatives¨

rules…Those rules that I was talking about before which had made me smile in
Rome, turned into magic little canes. Inadvertently, in their use, during the
diverse exercises, I see my fingers move and that happens even while doing the
exercises, I see my index finger move up and down several times, bend little by
little including the middle finger gets powerful. I should say that something better
than that I could have not hoped for. It is really a therapy that they say is long but
it does not matter, the important thing is that there is a constant recovery and
that it is always better.

Tiziana M.
I am here to tell my story:
My name is Tiziana, I am 50 years old now… the misfortune happened in 2012, it
was November 2 nd , … I got up early in the morning around 8:30, … I was a bit tired
and I thought it was because the night before we had two friends over for dinner
and they stayed late that night. Due to my tiredness, I thought of lying down until

night time, and around six my sister phoned and… my husband understood that
there was something wrong… hospitalization… he could not talk… that was for a
week and after they decided to transfer me Cagliari for physiotherapy and speech
therapy (two months).

After that time, and back at home, I read about the stroke… my husband talked
about a some Sarmati… I continued doing physiotherapy at home and for a year
in the Aias… after we decided to phone that Mr. Sarmati Valerio… and decided to
try it out…

It has been approximately a year that we have been working with Valerio, me,
and my physiotherapist, and up to now there have been a lot of changes; I walk
better, I discreetly move my arm and hand, I do “physiotherapy” all day long.
For all of this, I have to thank my husband, the tireless Simonetta, and Valerio.
Thanks to all of this … yes it is true, life changed.

My name is Daniele M., I am 44 years old … I have always been a hyperactive
person … General Secretary of the CISL responsible of the construction sector of a
territory, always and constantly at war like the sulcis iglesiente in Sardinia always
in the first row in multiple manifestations for the workers’ rights among the most
famous the march on Rome with the Alcoa workers where I received a dozen
repressions… additionally and as a hobby I am a martial arts instructor since I was
25 years old, specializing in self defense and security operators … I am married
and father of two children … everything was going ok… until during a training
session, all of a sudden I feel a devastating fatigue and my training partner tells
me that I have a strange expression on my face… I sit on the floor because a leg
went numb … they call an ambulance, and once the doctor got there and
watching me vomit said ¨it is a simple indigestion¨.

Half an hour later, with my head buried on my vomit, shaking from the cold,
another doctor came and after yelling at my wife and my relatives decides to take
me to the hospital… inside the ambulance I realized that I was paralyzed, I tried to
move my hand because a strap that they had put on me was hurting me, and
nothing, absolute emptiness, so I tried to look for it with my eyes to try to find
where it was… and I started to ask myself … did I hurt my brain?. So many blows
in the head received in all these years are cashing in… We got to the hospital and

they did a RMS and I heard them saying ¨subarachnoid extended hemorrhage due
to a MAV… I stayed a week in a strange limbo, always conscious but groggy, I
understand that the leg is paralyzed… and finally they let me breathe and took me
to a rehabilitation clinic… and there the curious part of my brain starts doubting…
…, although we have the best therapists in the clinic, I did not understand why
they made me do stretching and Pilates with vacuum… however my muscles up
to few days before could do 150 Kgs., tractions, and I could do five matches in a
row with 150 Kgs., youngsters and hurt them, so I decided to ask them what was
the usefulness of the movements but all I got back was just do what we say…

I was a policeman and I retired because I did not want to be told what to do, I am a
syndicalist because I want to understand and find solutions and these guys come
and answer me like that????? so up to an umpteenth passive Pilates lesson I did
not feel an unbearable pain in my back, and a presumed know it all came in and
told me, we should apply Botox … and I asked what is it good for? and he said to
help the muscles … and what is wrong with the muscles? They have a muscular
stress because they do not get the orders… but… then the problem is it not in the
¨operational headquarters? ¨ the brain not in the substations??? the answer was
yes, but that is the way it is , so I stopped him and I told him but that is not right,
let me check… after that my wife came in… do not play the arrogant, she said…

I am not arrogant… I want to understand I am not stupid yet… I asked for my
laptop… I spent all night looking up and studying in order to make appropriate
questions, and I discovered several rehabilitation techniques, Bobath Kabat Vojta
perfect…and in the morning, I began to ask everybody questions, and all answers
were very vague… so coming from the serious martial world, where I learned that
if you know how to do it, you show it and can explain it, otherwise you are
somebody full of ego, with a red belt… I understood that the majority had
graduated in “cepu con Del Piero” i.e. in wonderland… so knowing the physiatrist
like a friend beyond the mistakes, I asked him to finish because I was going to get
another one… outside of Sardinia because we had only muscular rehabilitation to
reinforce but not one indicated to make the brain create new connections in
order to substitute the ones lost with the stroke… and fortunately looking in the
web I found a name that was repeated quite a bit even if I just wanted answers
about a post stroke…

Valerio Sarmati, I immediately sent him an email, and in less
than an hour he answered; although I was afraid that he was from the same
lineage as my other doctors, but on the contrary, this young man answered me on
Saturday night and gives me his private cell number, so on Sunday morning I
called and he answered me and in 10 minutes clears up all doubts that neurologists

and physiatrists had forgotten about… later on he made me very
happy because he explained the fact that the brain is plastic and if it is properly
taught gives us the opportunity of having a serene and plenty life, also I highly
appreciated the fact that he answered the phone on a holiday, giving me many
answers and dedicating time to an unknown person… he told me he was my
Guru… I started with him after a few months… mutual financial and diverse
problems did not allow me to compromise with Valerio´s in the family
rehabilitation program… but from that day on, I will not say that I was reborn, but
almost… after being struck with such a blow an seeing me defenseless on a bed
and above all having rejected any anti depressant… I want to be lucid and the
stroke is to blame that came after me but it is its problem, I do not want chemical
help, I fight it by myself like I have always done,I have a trainer by my side who explains
every detail and is always present when I have doubts…I am Sardo, and I see Valerio every
15 days through Skype, but he understands better in a monitor than my physiatrists in person…
if my wife and another friend had to learn the exercises that Valerio with a lot of patience even
through the videos we recorded and upped to our page, dedicated to his patients
where he gives corrections and is close to us in order to explain the tricks of the
work and find solutions suitable to each one of us… what is there to say, after 9
months of experience, I did not use the botox and the rigidity is disappearing little
by little… I walk a bit better using the cane, but I move well… the hand is
beginning to give signs of improvement… even though somebody had told me
that it was impossible… I know that the road is long… there are not short cuts but
at least I am on the road which is surely the best that I could have found, years
will be needed but I will have my daughters and wife in my arms again and
without any beating around a control but above all GRADATIM FEROCITER …


Dr. Valerio Sarmati

Dr. Valerio Sarmati

Doctor Valerio Sarmati creator of the rehabilitation, an expert in neurocognitive
rehabilitation, leads his project of teaching families since 2008, he also teaches
neuro traumatological rehabilitation for the degree in physiotherapy at the
Sapienza de Roma (S. Maria della Pieta) university.

The fundamental motivation which allowed the creation of the tele-rehabilitation
was fed by the love among the relatives who wanted to continue the
rehabilitation at home. The support program has been studied in order for the
family to continue it in a complete and punctual manner.

The relatives who do not feel fit to face this challenge, in a few weeks they quickly
realize that they are surer and load themselves with a lot of confidence each time
they see recovery and improvements. The frequency of the online meetings is 2 a
month, where Dr. Sarmati is able to adjust the work program based on the
improvements seen and the specific requirements of the patient. The Facebook
group is a fundamental platform, for the efficiency of the support group, in fact,
Dr. Sarmati can watch the videos recorded at home one by one, correct them and
or approve them.

Whoever follows the support program also enjoys subsequent advantages, like a
50% discount on the cost of eventual learning meetings and on the purchase of
future programs.

The majority of the patients, who continue in the support program, have never
met in person, simply because it is not necessary and the programs can be easily
copied at home.

The only problem with the support program is that it is only available to a limited
amount of members, and the reason is to guarantee those who already have it,
our total assistance service, and the time that they deserve.

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