Life After A Stroke

A STROKE is a sudden, shocking, life altering event.

Strokes can be relatively minor with complete recovery in a short amount of time.  That would be a blessing.  However, many strokes are more complex.  In these cases, recovery is long and arduous, often leaving the person with some disability for the rest of his/her life.

The vast majority of strokes are caused by blood clots in arteries that bring blood to the brain.  This deprives the brain tissue of life sustaining oxygen and is called an ischemic event.  The minority of strokes are due to arteries in or around the brain  that suddenly rupture due to weakness or injury, called a hemorrhagic event.

Conventional methods to treat a stroke.

Prescription drugs to reduce blood clot formation, cholesterol, blood sugar, and hypertension carry with them a high risk of some serious side effects, which may require additional medication to manage.  This approach, while potentially life saving and life extending, may leave you in worse health after the stroke than you enjoyed prior to the event.

Physical therapy, movement therapy, and occupational therapy are valuable tools to help the person to regain mobility and strength.

Natural therapies to help you recover from a stroke.

Herbs can do the work of many of the over-the-counter and prescription medications.  They do so without the many and often horrific side effects of conventional drugs.  Moreover, they help to rebuild and sustain health, which drugs cannot do.

It is important to remember that even herbs can be harmful to the body if used inappropriately.  So, be sure to consult with a naturopathic doctor regarding herbal therapy.

Quality nutrition provides the building blocks of general health and supports the recovery process of any illness, including a stroke (cerebrovascular) event.  A naturopathic doctor or clinical nutritionist can help you to optimize your diet that will improve your chances for recovery and to ward of future stroke events.

Acupuncture and acupressure (one with needles, the other with finger pressure only) help to balance the disrupted energy flow.  Energy flow (like electricity through the wiring in your house) is vital and absolutely necessary for every cell in your body to do its work.

The meridians of your body distribute this energy to all cells in the body like the electric wires in your home bring electricity to all the wall outlets.  Without the electricity, your appliances, entertainment centers, computers, etc. cannot function.  So it is with the body.

Craniosacral therapy supports the healing process in a gentle yet effective way.  It helps the body to enter into a deeply relaxed state (parasympathetic state), similar to when we are asleep.  It is in this state, where the body does its repair and maintenance work.

In general terms, craniosacral therapy promotes healthy blood flow, improved nerve conduction, balanced energy flow, and healthy digestion.  It does so  by reducing the tension and restrictions in the connective tissue (fascia, ligaments, tendons, meninges) we build up over a life time of living, from minor and major traumas (and stresses), improper use of our bodies (biomechanics), use of medications, inflammation, infections, and insufficient sleep for repair and maintenance.

Energetic unwinding of the spine, joints & muscles, a fusion of craniosacral therapy, acupressure, and soft tissue work, pushes the envelope of the recovery potential.  It supports the healing process in a way few other therapies do.

Like craniosacral therapy it is gentle and extremely effective while focusing on the areas of weakness, be it reduced mobility and strength, impaired memory or ability to focus, or the emotional strain and stress from trying to cope with the illness.

Until the next natural healing perspective blog…

To Your Health