To fully recover from stroke, there are a few concepts that you need to know about. They aren’t your usual tips, and you probably haven’t heard of them before, but that’s exactly why they work.
Yes, You Can Fully Recover from Stroke
And 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 stories about stroke survivors who triumphantly recover way more movement than their doctors and therapists said – and it’s because they put their mind to it. That’s how Nicole Marquez, a former dancer and traumatic brain injury survivor, achieved a higher recovery: a positive attitude that’s absolutely infectious.
So find some positive mantras and start believing in yourself. It’s cheesy, but it can radically change your recovery.
Compensation Could Be Undermining Your Success
In our previous article on how to achieve a full recovery after stroke, we focused on the difference between compensation and recovery – and this is the key to a full recovery. When you compensate, you’re performing an old movement in a new manner. When you recover, you’re restoring your ability to perform a movement the same as before.
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 a full recovery isn’t an option, believing that it’s possible will get you much farther than believing otherwise.