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By Heather Fulker

  • Stroke Recovery

Stroke recovery is no joke. There are a lot of variables and since every case is different, rehabilitation will vary on the individual.  It’s hard to know what to do and what will be effective.  If you have started to explore options for yourself or your loved one, you undoubtedly have seen that Acupuncture can be a very effective treatment to help a number of issues related to stroke. Here are our top ten reasons why Acupuncture could be right for you.
 

  1. Fastest Growing Alternative Method in Stroke
    More and more people are turning to Acupuncture as a modality in their stroke recovery.  Although the research is still trying to catch up with this trend, the growing popularity in todays modern age believes theres something to this. Check out our Stroke Recovery page for links to successful research studies for Stroke & Acupuncture. 
     
  2. Natural Healing
    Some of the beauty behind using Acupuncture in Stroke recovery is that it's completely natural and utilizes the body’s own mechanisms to heal itself.  It's completely safe and natural.
     
  3. Post-Stroke Paralysis May Improve
    Many research studies are under way with Acupuncture and Stroke and many more concrete and conclusive studies need to be done. This is a difficult area to research given the complexity of Acupuncture and the variations of the theory behind it.  However, one recent study has found that Acupuncture can be effective for post-stroke paralysis.
     
  4. Our Unique Approach to Stroke Recovery
    Our team of Acupuncturists have an extensive background in stroke recovery and have developed a unique approach to treating post-stroke symptoms. We utilize the body and brain’s already “intact” messages to treat effected areas of the stroke.  It's a little like mirror box therapy but on a deeper level.
     
  5. Swallowing Improves
    For anyone who has ever had their swallowing compromised (dysphagia), this is a huge!  Acupuncture has been found to help swallowing capabilities for patients with dysphagia. Check out the study here
     
  6. Safe & Minimal Side Effects
    Acupuncture is a relatively safe modality.  You’ll want to let your acupuncturist know what kind of stroke you’ve had (ischemic or hemorrhagic), if you’re on any blood thinners, or if you have a pace maker.  This is important information that your Acupuncturist needs to know, but does not limit you from having Acupuncture.
     
  7. Balance Improves
    This study shows that Acupuncture was found to reduce the risk of falling and improve balance. Did we mention how amazing Acupuncture is?
     
  8. Muscle Strength Improves
    ElectroAcu (electrical stimulation applied to needles) has been found to improve leg strength when applied five times a week for two weeks. That study can be found here.
     
  9. Spasticity Improves
    ElectroAcu has been found to reduce spasticity when combined with conventional care. Another study, another link here. (We can't make this stuff up!)
     
  10. Cost Effective
    We know that incurring any extra expenses at this time is not what you need. That's why we’ve designed affordable treatment packages to suit your needs. We also offer your first consultation and treatment absolutely free to see if it's right for you.
     

If you would like to learn about our Acupuncture Stroke Recovery Program as a treatment option in your recovery, please book online for a complimentary consultation / treatment and we are happy to answer all of your questions.

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