How Does the Brain Recover after Stroke?

How Does the Brain Recover after Stroke?

To learn how the brain recovers from stroke, we need to first look at what a stroke is.

A stroke occurs when the supply of blood is cut off from a section of the brain (either by a clogged or burst artery), which causes damage to the oxygen-deprived brain cells.

Depending on which section of the brain the stroke occurs, the damage will cause certain stroke deficits due to the brain damage. Luckily, your brain knows how to make up for this damage.

Your brain knows how to heal itself after stroke through the powers of neuroplasticity and repetitive practice.

Let’s take a look at how these two keys play a role in stroke recovery.

Neuroplasticity Helps the Brain Rewire Itself

Your brain is composed of 100 trillion neural connections – meaning that there are 100 trillion little pathways in your mind that retrieve and store information.

When a stroke occurs, part of the brain becomes damaged and a chunk of these connections are also destroyed.

That’s when neuroplasticity comes into play.

When your brain tries to heal itself, functions that were once held in damaged parts of the brain are then transferred to new, healthy parts of the brain through the process of neuroplasticity.

This process is what allows you to regain lost movement, speech function, and other abilities after experiencing a stroke.

Indeed, your brain is incredibly intuitive to know how to reconstruct itself.

Repetition Helps the Brain Recover Lost Motor Function

Your mind can’t do all the work on its own, though.

You need to help your brain by performing a high number of repetitions during your rehab exercises.

Repetition helps reinforce the new pathways in your mind, whereas haphazard exercise will lead to weak connections that will fade over time.

The more you train, the stronger and more permanent your new neural connections will become.

Neuroplasticity + Repetition = Recovery

By repeating your rehab exercises over and over, you can help your brain strengthen the new neural pathways that it’s trying to create through neuroplasticity.

If you stay determined and continuously put effort into your rehabilitation, you will see results.

Related Reading: How to Heal Your Brain after Stroke – The Science of Healing and Happiness

  • Wanda Moss

    My brother is 68 years old , he had a stroke on his right side. He can’t move his arm or hand and leg on his right side. It’s been about 5 years now. The therapy doctors he went to told him there was nothing else they could do for him that it was up to God and time to see if his brain would heal itself. Do you think that you can help him?

    • Barbara Hill

      My mom is 65 , and she had a stroke on her right side as well. She has been in therapy for 3 years and still she can not move her hand or leg as well as I would think. She was in therapy at least 4-5 times a week. I’m wondering would that help her?

      • Flint Rehab

        Hi Barbara! Yes, science has shown that repetition is key to helping the brain heal after stroke. We actually make a product called the MusicGlove (that I described in the comment above) that can help stroke survivors regain hand movement by utilizing a high number of repetitions in a fun, engaging game. If you’d like more information, please send us an email to support@flintrehab.com or feel free to call our office at (949) 667-0140 Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm PST and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. Best of luck to your mother, too! And thank you for your comment.

    • Flint Rehab

      Hi Wanda! The brain is capable of amazing things. We’ve actually seen stroke survivors 24 years post-stroke experience improvement with our product, the MusicGlove. The MusicGlove is designed to improve the brain’s control of the hand after stroke by utilizing a high number of repetitions. We also offer a free 15 day trial so that you can see if it will work for your brother or not. For more information, please send us an email to support@flintrehab.com or feel free to call our office at (949) 667-0140 Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm PST and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. Best of luck to your brother!

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  • wazir

    My uncle is 84 years old , he had a stroke on his right side. He can’t move his arm or hand and leg on his right side and also cannot talk? whats the treatment plz?