Stroke Recovery


Stroke Recovery

Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke survivors may suffer paralysis, chronic pain, or a decreased ability to feel physical sensations. Memory and thinking problems, and difficulty writing, understanding, or speaking language are also common. Perhaps most difficult of all, brain damage from stroke can result in depression, anger, fear, and significant personality changes.

How can Brain reBuilder Help?

A stroke is an attack on the brain, much like a heart attack is an attack on the heart. Traditional medicine holds that the rate of recovery is greatest the first few months after a stroke. A lot of this recovery is due to the increased neuroplasticity of the brain following an injury. Neuroplasticity allows our brains to regenerate and recreate connections. Thankfully, by appropriately stimulating the brain post-stroke, we can effectively recreate this neuroplasticity. The best way to do this is through a routine with a lot of repetition.

Each stroke survivor has neuronal connections which have been damaged in a unique way. Not everyone will have the same struggles, or the same extent of damage to each affected area. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your stroke recovery should be as unique as you are. That is why Brain reBuilder routines are established for each patient individually. That is what makes Brain reBuilder so uniquely effective.


Research

Hays, S.A., Rennaker, R.L., Kilgard, M.P. 2013. Targeting plasticity with vagus nerve stimulation to treat neurological disease. Prog Brain Res. 2013 ; 207: 275–299. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-63327-9.00010-2.

Vagus nerve stimulation has been successful in treating chronic tinnitus, stroke, and posttraumatic stress disorder. It can also be used for a host of other neurological disorders.

Bliss, T.V.P., Cooke, S.F. 2011. Long-term potentiation and long-term depression: A clinical perspective. Clinics. 2011;66(S1):3-17.

Neuroplasticity can be used to treat conditions such as neuropathic pain, epilepsy, depression, amblyopia, tinnitus and stroke. Specific mechanisms are discussed, used to create plasticity by activating the brain. The importance of calcium is discussed. The various signaling events and neurotransmitters needed for long-term potentiation (LTP) are described. Specific methods for activation and plasticity are discussed: LTP involves protein synthesis and transport to specific receptors. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), Event related potential, Interventional Paired Associative Stimulation, Direct Current Stimulation, Pharmaceutical Modulation, Photic and auditory tetanization, and Vagal nerve stimulation. The specific brain presentations and plasticities are described for these conditions: depression, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, epilepsy, stroke, chronic pain, amblyopia, and tinnitus.


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