Suffering from a stroke can be debilitating, but acupuncture may be an ideal treatment in your rehabilitation.
The after-effects of a stroke can be life-altering and leave a wake of stroke-caused health concerns such as speech impairment, paralysis, swallowing issues, and depression. Learning to adapt and work through your disability is straining both physically and emotionally.
Acupuncture is commonly used in stroke recovery in Eastern countries such as China and Japan. If you’re looking to better work through your stroke injury in a safe and gentle manner, Lee Acupuncture can help. Join us in today’s post as we examine how acupuncture can benefit your stroke recovery journey.
Traditional Stroke Care
Post-stroke care in the US typically looks like a full week of hospital care that is followed up by one to two weeks of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. After three weeks of recovery outpatient rehabilitation, the post-stroke care is considered complete.
Yet, patients are still suffering.
In a study of stroke survivors over the age of 65, it was found that they were still impaired in the following ways:
- 19 percent had a loss of speech (aphasia)
- 26 percent were in a nursing home for care
- 26 percent were dependent in daily activities
- 30 percent were unable to walk unassisted
- 50 percent had hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body)
The above demonstrates how the US can benefit from other modalities in its post-stroke care protocol.
How Acupuncture Benefits Stroke Recovery
There is a lot to be said about acupuncture in post-stroke recovery, but much of the research is documented in China, while the US hasn’t quite spent as much time or resources studying the effects of acupuncture in stroke sufferers.
One study gave stroke survivors the opportunity to try acupuncture in their post-stroke care. The goal of this particular study was to demonstrate how acupuncture can better treat pain and discomfort after a stroke, in addition to improving mobility to limbs affected by hemiparesis. It was found that patients saw such improvements than the control group who did not receive acupuncture.
What is the typical approach when it comes to acupuncture after a stroke?
Many acupuncturists follow the standard recommendation od daily acupuncture after a stroke, but many practitioners have found success in treating patients in three treatments a week.
Both traditional meridian point therapy is used in addition to scalp acupuncture.
How else can acupuncture benefit post-stroke care?
Many studies ranging from China, Japan, and Europe have demonstrated that acupuncture can benefit stroke survivors beyond pain management. Research has indicated that patients recover faster, complete better self-care, and require less nursing and rehabilitation therapy as a result of consistent acupuncture following a stroke.
Acupuncture is a natural, safe, and effective therapy and many practitioners have seen amazing improvements in stroke patients. And, though it requires consistent weekly treatments (at least three per week) it can help with pain management, mobility, and guide you towards a faster recovery.