Can you fully recover from stroke?
And more importantly, who should you listen to when it comes to advice like this?
Unfortunately, most medical professionals are legally obligated to speak strictly facts. This causes them to spout off limiting beliefs like, you’ll never be able to walk again…
While statistically that may be accurate for some patients, it’s not the best thing to tell someone recovering from stroke. Because a limiting belief will limit the action the patient is inspired to take.
That’s why, if you want to achieve a full recovery, you should listen to advice from others who have already done it.
Since we’ve had the pleasure of talking to many of those successful individuals, we’ll share their best tips.
They aren’t your usual stroke recovery tips, but that’s exactly why they work.
How to Achieve a Full Recovery from Stroke
Before we dig into our advice on how to achieve a full recovery from stroke, you need to understand why we don’t like limiting beliefs.
Limiting beliefs (like “you can’t fully recover from stroke”) put patients under the nocebo effect.
The nocebo effect occurs when you’re told that something is going to hurt you, and believing so unfortunately makes it so. It’s the opposite of the placebo effect.
For example, during a double-blind clinical trial where patients were warned about the possible negative side effects of a drug, about 25% of them went on to suffer severe side effects – when they were only taking sugar pills.
The nocebo effect is so profound that even WebMD admits that your mind-set can alter your health!
So, as we dig into the best tips to achieve a fully recovery from stroke, you’ll see that mind-set is key.
Yes, You Can Fully Recover from Stroke
Here at Flint Rehab, we believe that a full recovery is often possible, even when doctors say there’s no hope. We’ve simply seen it happen too many times not to believe.
To help you achieve your highest recovery, we’ll share 5 steps to get you as close as possible to a full recovery.
While some patients may not be able to get 100%, these steps will get you much father than believing there’s no hope.
Here are the 5 steps:
1. Fill Your Mind With Positive Success Stories
To achieve a full recovery from stroke, you want to avoid the nocebo effect. Instead, harness the placebo effect.
Read up on positive stroke recovery stories so that you can see how often stroke patients experience miracles.
2. Find the Best Stroke Rehabilitation Methods for You
Next, do all the research you can on different stroke rehabilitation methods.
Because what helped one person achieve a full recovery might not work for you, and vice versa.
Every stroke is different, so every patient will benefit from different rehabilitation methods.
3. Focus on High Reps and Variety
Your #1 asset during stroke recovery is neuroplasticity: the mechanism your brain uses to rewire itself.
Neuroplasticity is activated by repetition. So if you want to be able to walk again, for example, you need to practice leg exercises with high repetition.
Repetitive exercise is exactly how stroke survivors – who were told they would never walk again – get back on their feet and prove the doctors wrong.
4. Keep an Eye on Compensation Techniques
A full recovery from stroke means knowing the difference between compensation and 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 – especially for your safety. Other times, they’re only necessary in the beginning stages of recovery.
Try your best to be aware of when you’re ready to outgrow certain compensation techniques and keep yourself challenged. This is KEY to a full recovery from stroke.
5. Don’t Compare Your Recovery
Your stroke recovery timeline might be shorter or longer than you expected. So when obstacles come your way, it’s important to stick to your regimen and never give up.
If you see others recovering faster from stroke than you, try to stay in your lane. The only person you need to be concerned about is you.
Action creates results, so as long as you keep taking action, you will see results.
Follow all 5 of these steps and you’ll have the best chance at achieving a full recovery from stroke.