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What Is Stroke?

Also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), stroke is divided into two types.  One type happens when blood flow to the brain is reduced or blocked, which is known as an ischemic stroke.  The other type of stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or bursts, causing bleeding in the brain. This is known as a hemorrhagic stroke. Both types of stroke cause damage to the brain cells and disrupt body functioning.

Stroke Symptoms

  • Numbness, paralysis, or weakness in arms, legs, or face
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble understanding what others are saying
  • Vision problems
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Coordination or balance problems

Stroke Causes

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Previous stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Some medications
  • Age
  • Genetics

Stroke Diagnosis

Strokes are an emergency condition, and will be treated as such, usually in the hospital emergency room.  A CT scan will likely be done to determine the type and extent of the stroke.  Other scans, such as an MRI or Angiogram will likely be done, and the ER doctors will order a series of blood tests to help determine the correct diagnosis and underlying causative factors.

Stroke Treatment

The types of treatment for a stroke will be determined by what type of stroke you’ve had. For an ischemic stroke, medications will be given and procedures completed to restore blood flow to the brain.  With a hemorrhagic stroke, treatment will be focused on stopping the bleeding happening in the brain.

Stroke Recovery

Stroke recovery happens either in-patient at a rehab facility, at an out-patient facility, or at home, depending on the severity of the stroke and resulting damage to the brain, as well as the patient’s support system.  Recovery goals are maximizing function recovery and minimizing secondary disability or health complications.

CranioSacral Therapy For Stroke Recovery

CranioSacral Therapy for stroke recovery is done with a doctor’s clearance once you’re stable.  The focus is on releasing strain patterns in the brain and the body caused by the stroke.

Most strokes leave strain patterns in the brain tissue and surrounding soft tissues. Once the strain patterns are released, patients recover more quickly and completely from a stroke. CranioSacral Therapy is most effective as a complementary modality when utilized within one year of the stroke incident.

Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy For Stroke Recovery

Reduced healing time, increased body functioning, more ease in movement, better sensory processing, and more, are all benefits of utilizing CranioSacral Therapy for stroke recovery.

As with all therapies and protocols, each person responds differently with the use of CranioSacral Therapy.  Health status, chronic disease, medications, previous illnesses, and previous injuries are all factors in outcomes.  Please call for a complimentary consultation to discuss your particulars and goals.