Stroke recovery is a difficult process for the patients and their family as well. Symptoms such as paralysis, understanding or forming speech, emotional control, numbness or strange sensations, pain in hands and feet, trouble with chewing and swallowing, problems with bladder and bowel control, as well as depression are common. Recovery time and success varies greatly depending on the severity of the stroke, but alongside other therapies such as speech therapy and occupational therapy, our therapeutic modalities provide additional benefits for patients on their road to regaining function and independence. At Stepping Stone Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer many services that can benefit patients dealing with stroke recovery, either as stand-alone therapies or in combination with one another. When it comes to holistic medicine, we find that the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use, sterile, solid needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to reduce tension and pain, overcome disease, and rebalance the body. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the need of your body from a Chinese Medicine perspective, and your treatments will be tailored to your presentation of stroke and post-stroke symptoms. We use a combination of body acupuncture and scalp acupuncture techniques when treating stroke patients. Additional Chinese Medicine methods such as cupping and gua sha manual therapy may be included in acupuncture sessions, when appropriate. Acupuncture can reduce muscle tension, improve neurological function, strengthen body sensations, and improve mood and emotional balance.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on manual therapy technique. The craniosacral system extends from the head (cranium) to the sacrum and includes the central nervous system. A craniosacral therapist can feel and rebalance the rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid flow, which covers your bones, joints, and sutures. Craniosacral Therapy seeks to rebalance the central nervous system, which is deeply impacted by a stroke. It can reduce tension held in the body’s membranes, as well as calm activated nerve fibers between the sutures of the skull. It can aid in reducing pain and discomfort, improving balance, and restoring function after a stroke. Plus, many patients find Craniosacral Therapy to be a very relaxing experience!
A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness guide, who can help you on your journey to recovery. Health Coaching sessions focus on looking at all aspects of your lifestyle and how simple changes can improve your condition, such as diet, exercise, supplements, sleep habits, work stress, and relationships.
Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment in which pressure is applied to particular points and regions of the foot to affect change in the whole body. Reflex points on the feet correspond to different organs and body systems, and by stimulating these points the practitioner can create positive change in a particular system and bring the body back into balance. A trained reflexologist can pinpoint areas of tension or imbalance on the feet to treat pain and tension anywhere in the body.
Integrative Physical Therapy is a unique approach to orthopedic physical therapy, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction, issues, and injury. After a thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will come up with an individualized treatment plan that utilizes corrective exercise, manual therapy techniques, and a wide array of holistic modalities. Physical Therapy can help reduce stiffness, improve circulation, stimulate affected nerves and muscle groups, and aid the patient through the stages of stroke recovery.
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