According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to any-one at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
Although strokes are certainly frightening in their own right, the stroke itself is only one facet of the equation, for the recovery following one is often a lengthy and difficult affair. In fact, stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, which further puts pressure on the recovery.
When recovering from a stroke there really is no set timeline.
In some cases, survivors go through rehab and are able to resume their normal life activities in a matter of months, while in other cases it can take years to regain just a fraction of the formerly functioning self. But, there are certain steps that can be made that have proven helpful in achieving a speedy and natural recovery.
Emotional Support: Having support and encouragement is vital when overcoming the effects of a stroke. Try and spend quality time with friends and family whenever possible, be it watching television, going to the store, or playing games.
Embrace Rehab: It is easy to feel down after having a stroke, but it is important to start rehab as soon as possible. When the doctor gives you the green light, it is best to begin the process is it will improve how you feel not only physically, but mentally as well.
Special Devices: Having a stroke will likely change your life, and the sooner that is accepted the better off a person is. Equipping a home with certain devices such as raised toilets, grab bars and cups with handles will not only help the sufferer get back into a normal routine of independ-ence but will make doing these much easier.
Thoughtful Communication: Stroke sufferers often have a difficult time communicating, which is why it is important for friends and family to be slow and clear whenever they are communicating.
Mental Health: Most stroke victims experience psychological changes following their stroke that should not be ignored. Depression, anxiety, frustration and aggression are common and can be managed more easily with the aid of professional help.
Games: Research demonstrates that video games systems, such as the Nintendo Wii, can help in speeding up recovery for stroke patients. Some U.S. doctors now recommend Wii to help pa-tients regain arm and leg movement.
Sleep: Research shows that sleep helps to improve movement after a stroke by turning short-term memories from the day’s rehab session into long-term memories. So, the more sleep a stroke patient gets, the better opportunity there is for the brain to recover.
Diet: A healthy, balanced and nutritious diet are key for providing the body and brain with the energy it needs to recover.Advertisement