If you or a loved one has had a stroke, there may be a loss of function on one or both sides of the body. Stroke symptoms occur when the blood supply to a part of your brain is disturbed or reduced, robbing brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. As a result, the affected area of the brain is unable to function, causing symptoms like the inability to move an extremity, labored speech, and headache. Treatment for stroke is both immediate and ongoing. Ongoing stroke treatment is usually referred to as stroke rehabilitation.
The capacity for Healing in response to experience or injury, is known as neuroplasticity.
The evidence for movement training, especially in limb rehabilitation, is clear (Ramachandran VS, Doidge N). It is known that visualization and using symmetrical and bilateral movements post stroke, enhance changes within the brain, the process of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity allows healthy nerve cells in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. Studies now support the fact that stroke rehabilitation can improve the use of the brain. My approach to treatment accelerates access to spared neural pathways within the damaged brain, increases activity of pathways in the affected hemisphere running to the spinal nerves, and increases activation of the pathways from the unaffected hemisphere to supplement damaged crossed pathways (Byl, N). These complicated study results simply mean improved functional abilities for you!
Treatment for stroke is possible
My approach to stroke treatment takes the following neuroanatomy into consideration:
- Areas of the brain responsible for specific functions are vastly underused
- The body has a way to communicate the efforts of the unaffected side. This allows the unaffected side to be a “model” of function from which to learn
- New neural connections around areas of damaged brain can be formed, the process of neuroplasticity
- These new connections respond to stimuli in much the same way as the old connections, restoring lost function
Have you had a stroke and feel the potential for improvement? My approach to treating your stroke disabilities involves first forming an effective and function-oriented stroke recovery treatment plan. I will use small, gentle, painless movements to organize your whole body to improve function, optimize mobility, and eliminate any pain that may have developed. Many post-stroke sufferers report substantial stroke symptom relief with each session. The number and frequency of sessions will of course depend on your personal functional impairments.