February 7th, 2020 by Free Spirit Wellness
Strokes are a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 15 million individuals suffer from stroke annually.
A stroke is caused by a blocked (ischemic stroke) or burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) preventing oxygen from reaching the brain. When this happens, the part of the brain deprived of oxygen can no longer function properly, and therefore the part of the body that it controls can no longer function properly either. A stroke can be devastating not just for the person who experiences it but also for the family members and others close to the person. If you’re lucky enough to survive one, your life may never be the same.
Fortunately there are post-stroke treatments that can help you alleviate the effects and regain some of the lost functionality. And more and more, medical practitioners are seeing the benefits of acupuncture in post-stroke care and recovery.
According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, acupuncture, when administered promptly and correctly, can offer major benefits to stroke sufferers. Scalp acupuncture has been shown to have the most promising results. Likewise, researchers at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine found acupuncture to be effective in alleviating post-stroke depression and restoring neurological functions.
Here at Free Spirit Wellness & Acupuncture, we have seen first-hand the benefits of acupuncture as a supplement to other, more traditional post-stroke treatments.
Take Bill McCarter, for example. Bill had his first stroke three years ago at the age of 70 and suffered debilitating nerve damage on one side of his body. By chance he’d read an article on the benefits of electric acupuncture in treating stroke victims. So he stopped in to see Shawn at Free Spirit, who then began treating Bill to try to wake up the nerves again.
“I didn’t notice a lot at the start,” Bill says. But he kept going for the next few months and eventually started to regain feeling. “I was moving my arms and feeling better all around. It was good.”
This past June, Bill suffered a second stroke, which set him back 6-8 months in his recovery. He decided to try acupuncture with Free Spirit again, but this time it was the traditional, non-electric variety. He’s also been seeing a local chiropractor for his back. Bill says the acupuncture and therapy, combined with the chiropractic work, has really made a difference.
“Shawn does 45 minutes of acupuncture followed by physical therapy,” says Bill. “It’s been waking up the nerves, and I’m really happy with the way I’m moving around. No pills or anything. It’s just old medicine. I think it’s amazing. I’ve got more hope now than I’ve had in quite a while.”
To learn more about the overall benefits of acupuncture, give us a call or stop by and see us.