Stroke – Oct 2022

62,000 people in Canada have a stroke each year — that’s one every ten minutes.

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to a particular area of the brain is blocked or cut off. Brain cells deprived of oxygen begin to deteriorate and die, and in most cases, bodily functions and limbs controlled by that part of the brain start to malfunction. Muscle control and memory may be lost. A mini-stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when a person experiences symptoms of a stroke that resolve in 24 hours or less. However, anyone experiencing the symptoms of a mini or full stroke should seek medical attention immediately. []

The sooner you begin stroke rehabilitation, the more likely you are to regain lost abilities and skills. It’s common for stroke rehabilitation to start as soon as 24 to 48 hours after your stroke, while you’re in the hospital. How long you need stroke rehabilitation depends on the severity of your stroke and related complications. Some stroke survivors recover quickly. But most need some form of long-term stroke rehabilitation. This could last for possibly months or years after their stroke. Your stroke rehabilitation plan will change during your recovery as you relearn skills and your needs change. With ongoing practice, you can continue to make gains over time. []

I truly believe regular massage therapy will accelerate the healing process and improve overall health. Massage helps to improve circulation and will help to with range of motion. When you are able to relax and let go of some of that stress you will find your sleep will also improve.