To achieve a full recovery from stroke, there are a few concepts that you need to know about.
They aren’t your usual stroke recovery tips, and you probably haven’t heard of them before, but that’s exactly why they work.
Yes, You Can Fully Recover from Stroke
It’s all about attitude.
The key is to overcome the mental obstacles that are holding you back. If you believe in certain limitations to your recovery, then you’re limiting your own success.
There are tons of stroke recovery success stories about survivors who triumphantly recover way more movement than their doctors and therapists said.
Cutting-edge rehabilitation tools can help, and attitude can also have a significant impact.
Because the brain is always changing – even up until the day we die. While that may be morbid, it’s proof that the brain never stops trying to change.
So when you put in the work, a higher recovery from stroke is always possible.
Compensation Could Be Undermining Your Success
To best understand how to fully recover from stroke, you should know the difference between compensation and recovery. Therein lies the key to a full recovery.
Compensation involves “performing an old movement in a new manner.” So if you can’t pick up a spoon with your right fingers anymore, a compensation technique would be picking up the spoon with your left hand.
Recovery involves “restoring the ability to perform a movement in the same manner as it was performed before injury.” In other words, being stubborn and working very, very hard towards using your right fingers to hold that spoon just like you did before your stroke.
Compensation strategies are necessary sometimes. Other times, they’re only necessary in the beginning stages of recovery.
Can you identify if you’re settling for compensation strategies? If you feel like you’re settling, then it’s time to become really proactive about your recovery.
Tell your therapist that you want to improve beyond the need for compensation strategies and work to achieve a higher recovery – until it’s a full recovery.
The Nocebo Effect Could Be Your Biggest Mental Block
While compensation might be holding you back, the nocebo effect could be the source of stagnation too.
The nocebo effect is the opposite of the placebo effect, occurring when you hear about the negative effects of something – like the limitations of your recovery – and because you believe in them, they become reality.
However, if you choose not to believe in them and cast those limitations to the side, then suddenly a whole new realm of possibility is available to you.
Become Your Own Rehabilitation Expert!
When you’re done working with your therapists, it’s time to become your own expert – and we have just the resources.
First, you should understand what neuroplasticity is. Once you’re an expert on that, you need to understand the steps on how to recover from stroke. They cover all your bases and fill in any potential gaps in your knowledge.
With these tools and a healthy mental outlook, you’ll be on track to achieving a full recovery.
And even if the doctors say it’s impossible, believing that it’s possible will get you much farther than believing otherwise.