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Post Stroke Rehabilitation

Maximizing the Return of Function

The most important consideration in stroke is prevention, but once a person has had a stroke, post-stroke rehabilitation is vital to maximizing the return of function.

Not all functions can be fully restored. Once brain cells have died, they do not re-grow. Rehabilitation focuses, however, on altering the function of the cells that are still alive using a process called neuroplasticity – the ability of central nervous system cells to modify their structure and function in response to external stimuli.

The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation describes stroke as “a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of flow of blood to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die.”

An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke.  More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term stroke disability.

~Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation

Rehabilitating with Chiropractic

International researchers have found that chiropractic has had a positive effect on the restoration of function post-stroke. In our office, we have seen improvements in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • cognitive function
  • coordination
  • gait
  • tremor

Our comprehensive neurologic examination for post-stroke individuals focuses on finding which areas of the brain are still viable and may be improved using neuroplasticity principles. We will then devise rehabilitation strategies to target those areas for maximum functional improvement.

We want to assist you in gaining your function back following a stroke. Call 1.403.346.2297 to schedule your examination and consultation today!

References

Draganski, B., Gaser, C., Busch, V., Schuierer, G., Bogdahn, U., & May, A. (2004). Neuroplasticity: changes in grey matter induced by training. Nature, 427(6972), 311-312.

Shao-na, C. H. E. N., & Yu, S. H. A. (2013). Clinical observation of chiropractic therapy in the treatment of dysphagia after stroke. Proceeding of Clinical Medicine, 4, 005.

Taylor, H. H., & Murphy, B. (2010). The effects of spinal manipulation on central integration of dual somatosensory input observed after motor training: a crossover study. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 33(4), 261-272.

Understanding Stroke. (2016, January). Retrieved July 12, 2016, from http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3483933/k.CD67/Stroke.htm

 

 

 

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