If you follow news coverage of medicine and treatment-related issues, you may have seen news stories about the benefits of acupuncture in stroke rehabilitation and recovery.
According to a Huffington Post article from licensed acupuncturist Atsuki Maeda, who frequently works with stroke patients, acupuncture can be an important part of the rehabilitation process:
“After the onset of a stroke…patients often show spasticity, a contraction of the muscle leading to restricted joint movement. As a result, physical therapists are limited to perform rehabilitation exercises, which in turn compromises a patient’s recovery. XNKQ acupuncture instantly decreases most spasticity and loosens up affected muscle groups, resulting in an increased range of motion. XNKQ therapy [which is translated as activating the brain and opening the orifices] also helps strengthening muscles, allowing for a more stable movement. Rehabilitation becomes much easier and more effective for both therapists and patients.
Other studies have found similar results, reporting that patients’ “sensory, motor, and functional scores improved significantly during the examination period until 2 years after injury…A significant spontaneous recovery during the 2-year follow-up was found, but the YNSA [Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture] treatment facilitated the functional recovery. Improved moving function and more flexible joints and ligaments were observed in comparison to the patients’ condition prior to treatment.”
While acupuncture can be extremely successful in facilitating rehabilitation and physical improvement for many patients, there are several factors to consider:
- Acupuncture helps most when used early in the rehabilitative process
- Outcomes can vary between patients, as each person is unique
- Results depend on the area of the body that is impacted and the duration of stroke symptoms
If you are currently in rehabilitation for a stroke or suffering from other medical issues, acupuncture may alleviate some of your symptoms. Contact our Wilmington, NC office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Remember the acrostic F-A-S-T to recognize the symptoms of a stroke:
- FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does the face droop to one side?
- ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms.Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.Is their speech slurred or strange?
- TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.