Stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is a medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is disrupted, either due to a blockage or a rupture of blood vessels. This interruption in blood flow can lead to damage and dysfunction of brain cells in the affected area. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Canada, with more than 60K strokes occurring in Canada each year and an estimated 75% survival rate.
Stroke survivors face a range of emotional and psychological challenges as they navigate the process of recovery and adjustment to life after a stroke. A stroke recovery plan is usually put in place to help them regain lost abilities, improve quality of life, and minimize the long-term impact of the stroke.
A stroke recovery plan typically involves a combination of medical treatments, therapies, lifestyle changes, and support systems. It is usually tailored to the individual's specific condition, needs, and goals. The effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation programs can greatly impact recovery outcomes. And acupuncture can be an integral part of rehabilitation programs.
Acupuncture has long been used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medical treatments for stroke recovery. Here are several proven ways which acupuncture is known to help:
Acupuncture is known to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. Stroke survivors often experience pain, discomfort, and muscle spasms, and acupuncture can effectively provide some relief.
Improved Blood Flow and Circulation:
Acupuncture can enhance blood circulation and promote the flow of vital energy (Qi) throughout the body. Improved blood flow can help deliver nutrients and oxygen to damaged brain tissue, potentially aiding in the healing process.
Studies suggest that acupuncture has a positive impact on neurological function. The stimulation of specific acupuncture points can influence the brain's plasticity and aid in the rewiring of neural pathways damaged by stroke.
Reduction of Inflammation:
After a stroke, inflammation can contribute to further damage in the brain. Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation and promote a more favorable environment for recovery.
Stress and Anxiety Reduction:
Stroke recovery can be accompanied by significant emotional stress and anxiety. Acupuncture has been shown to have calming effects and it helps reduce stress levels, potentially aiding in the overall recovery process.
Muscle Function and Spasticity:
Acupuncture can relax muscles and alleviate spasticity, which is a common issue for stroke survivors. By targeting specific points related to muscle tension, acupuncture could assist in improving motor function.
Promotion of Relaxation and Sleep:
Acupuncture sessions often induce relaxation and can improve sleep quality. Adequate rest is crucial for the body's healing processes, and improved sleep can positively impact stroke recovery.
Stroke recovery is a gradual process, and each individual's journey is unique. Book your appointment or contact us to know more about how acupuncture can help your recovery.
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