A stroke happens when there is an obstruction of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, this can be caused by a clot that blocks a blood vessel or by a blood vessel that bursts. A mini-stroke can happen when there is a temporary clot in the vessel. A stroke can cause part of the brain and brain cells to die due to the lack of appropriate supply. 9 out of 10 strokes are caused by a clot obstructing the blood flow to one of the arteries of the brain.
The symptoms after a stroke depend on the area of the clot or burst, and the severity of the trauma on the brain. One side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, so a clot on the right side of the body will affect the left side. Symptoms of right-side brain damage include paralysis of the right side, vision problems, memory loss, and a quick inquisitive behavioral style. Symptoms of left-side brain damage include paralysis of the right side, speech and language problems, memory loss, and a slow cautious behavioral style.
High blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol use and the use of illegal drugs, obesity, and lack of exercise are some of the conditions that can increase your chances of getting a stroke.
Acupuncture can help with the recovery from a stroke by increasing blood and fluid circulation through the body and the areas affected, promoting cell proliferation, and reducing oxidative stress which can prevent tissue and cell damage. Some evidence also supports the effectiveness of acupuncture in the recovery of paralysis from a stroke. One study showed that acupuncture needles on the scalp were a successful complementary therapy for motor-function rehabilitation.
Dr. Tony Willcox has trained extensively in the USA and China learning from the nest in the field. Training with Dr. Shi Xue Min from Tianjin, China who happens to be an authority in treating stroke and paralysis using acupuncture and a special acupuncture technique called XNKQ Xing Nao Kai Qiao. Dr. Shi is famous for the movie 9000 Needles about Acupuncture treatment for various neurological conditions including stroke. Dr. Shi has taught Acupuncture techniques directly to Dr. Tony Willcox. These techniques are used weekly at Acupuncture Zen for patients.
The early symptoms or signs of a stroke include
Some people will experience tingling and headaches even days prior to the stroke. Stroke can lead to long-term disability. Early treatment is important.