Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab Provides Rehab for Stroke Patients
Strokes occur when your brain suffers massive cell death due to lack of blood and oxygen. Blocking or narrowing of arteries is the main cause of ischemic strokes while hemorrhagic strokes happen when blood vessels around or inside the brain leak or burst suddenly (an aneurysm). People at risk for suffering an ischemic stroke are over 55, overweight, smoke, drink heavily or have family histories of stroke. Alternately, hemorrhagic strokes can affect anyone without warning.
Following a stroke, most people require physical rehab treatment due to partial paralysis of an arm, hand or another body area. Chiropractic techniques may also help people regain range of motion in post-stroke recovery. If you or someone you know needs comprehensive stroke rehabilitation, please call Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab in Lake Charles, Louisiana to schedule a consultation appointment.
What Causes an Ischemic Stroke?
Over 85 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. Blocked brain vessels are commonly caused by atherosclerosis plaque narrowing vessels or blood clots that form elsewhere in the body and are transported by the bloodstream to the brain. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are top risk factors for stroke. Although ischemic strokes can't be detected before they happen, you can significantly reduce your risk of this type of stroke by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, eating lean meat, fruits and vegetables and not smoking.
Symptoms of an ischemic stroke are sudden and include:
- Severe head pain with no attributable cause
- Weakness and numbness of your arm, leg, or face (strokes typically affect only one side of your body)
- Difficulty speaking or understanding what someone is saying
- Vision impairment
- Loss of balance, trouble walking
Loss of consciousness may or may not occur, depending on the severity of the stroke.
Your Lake Charles chiropractor also wants you to know about the transient ischemic attack (TIA), or "silent" stroke. This happens when blood flow to the brain is temporarily interrupted. Usually, a blood clot briefly prevents blood from flowing in the brain before it continues "moving" along in a particular blood vessel. The primary symptoms of a silent stroke involve memory issues and having problems getting around when no other medical condition can be blamed for these symptoms. Silent strokes are frequently detected during a brain scan or when a physician notices subtle signs of a TIA during an exam.
Rehabilitation for Stroke at Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab in Lake Charles
Our stroke rehab program provides physical and chiropractic therapy to help stroke patients improve range of motion, balance, coordination and muscle strength. For pain management following a stroke, massage therapy and adjustments have been proven effective, drug-free techniques to improve a stroke patient's quality of life and overall well-being.
If you are at risk for stroke, your Lake Charles chiropractor may be able to help minimize your chances of having a stroke by developing a personalized stroke prevention program to enhance your circulatory and heart health.
Schedule a consultation appointment today to learn more about our stroke rehabilitation and stroke prevention services. Call Ultimate Performance Chiro and Rehab in Louisiana at 337-421-0010.