Although it’s a huge task, many individuals can learn how to cure paralysis after stroke with hard work.
It’s complicated and requires unique tweaks for every individual (since every stroke is different), but this article will show you the way.
How to Cure Paralysis After Stroke
Before we dive into the formula, you must be wondering if you can recover from paralysis given your age/stage/deficits.
Although the answer varies greatly between patients (because every stroke is different), everyone should still have hope.
Can you guess how many times we’ve heard stories from stroke patients who cured their paralysis after doctors said it was impossible? It happens so often that we lost count!
That’s why we believe every stroke patient should try to recover from paralysis. Because trying will get you so much farther than not.
Follow these 5 steps to cure paralysis after stroke:
Step 1: Understand Your Brain’s Ability to Heal Itself
Did you know that your brain already knows how to rewire and heal itself? It can do it all on its own! But it does need your help.
The rewiring process is known as neuroplasticity, and it’s important to note that neuroplasticity can be activated at any age and any stage.
Whether you’re young or old, paralyzed or mobilized, you have the power to retrain your brain and improve movement in your body.
And the best way to engage neuroplasticity is through repetitive practice. By repeating therapeutic stroke exercises over and over and over, your brain will rewire itself accordingly.
This is key to curing paralysis after stroke! Now, how can you exercise when you’re paralyzed?
Step 2: Start Practicing Passive Exercises
Although you may not have movement in your affected muscles, you can still exercise passively. Passive paralysis exercises involve using your ‘good’ side to assist your affected muscles.
For example, while doing hand exercises, you can use your ‘good’ hand to help your paralyzed hand move. Or you can use your ‘good’ leg to help your affected leg move.
Although you aren’t making the movements on your own, you’re still stimulating your brain; and that’s enough to start sparking neuroplasticity!
Each time you practice a passive exercise, you strengthen the connections in your brain responsible for that movement. The more you practice, the better you will get. The connections in your brain continue to get stronger and stronger.
As movement slowly starts to creep into your affected muscles, you can start to regain more and more control over your movement.
Once you feel like you have enough movement to practice your rehab exercises without the help of your ‘good’ side, you can start to practice active exercises.
Step 3: Move onto Active Exercise
Active exercise simply means that you perform the movement on your own, without the help of your unaffected side. Don’t aim for perfection with this stage.
If you’re worried that imperfect form will create irregular movement patterns, see this article about imperfect practice.
To put it shortly, you do not need the ability to practice a movement perfectly before you start active exercise. Even just the tiniest ability to practice a movement on your own is a sign that you should try!
As long as you try your best every single time, your movement will continue to improve and your form will get better and better.
Can Paralysis Be Cured?
Overall, there are 3 important steps for curing paralysis after stroke:
- Start practicing passive rehab exercises
- Make sure you emphasize lots of repetition with your regimen
- Move onto active exercise when you’re ready
There’s also a fourth step: Never give up hope!
It’s a good idea to stop wondering if paralysis can be cured and just start taking action to cure it. You will see if recovery is possible after you start trying.
We have heard many stories of survivors who defied the odds and regained more movement than anyone thought possible.
You can be one of those stories!