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Jun 26

Chiropractic Care Can Help Heal Residual Stroke Effects

by Dr. Pete Ahlers-Nelson, D.C., Blog, No Comments

Jun 26

Know anyone that’s had a stroke?

Perhaps your grandfather? Your aunt? Your dad? Your sister?

Perhaps your son?

Like so many other health issues plaguing Western Culture—plights like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer—strokes are on the rise.

And it ain’t just “the geezers” suffering them.

According to Circulation, stroke rates are skyrocketing in younger adults.

The peer-reviewed journal finds that roughly 10% of all strokes occur in persons 18 to 50 years of age. And, as a 2008 study published in the journal Current Diabetes Reports states, the reasons may not be so mysterious. The publications finds the following as main contributing factors:

  • high blood pressure
  • overweight
  • unhealthy cholesterol
  • smoking
  • diabetes

Now, we can all admit that those risk factors seem to be rather prevalent in, at least, a significant minority of the 18-50 population today, right? In truth, some of these health issues are nearing epidemic status in that same demographic.

We’re just not the healthiest of societies, ya know?

OK, so we’re on the same page in that regard.

But what if you’re one of those unlucky souls—young or old—that’s actually suffered a stroke?

And what if you’re now subject to typical residual effects that include diminished fine motor skills? (That is, the ability to control the small movements of hands and fingers, as well as the small muscles of the face, tongue, and feet.)

Chiropractic Care Can Help Heal Residual Stroke Effects

Well, a new case study, one published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, finds chiropractic care may be a potential option for you.

Researchers observed a 58-year-old man. He came to chiropractic care complaining of hip pain. During an investigation of his case history, researchers discovered he’d suffered a stroke 18 years prior. He’d subsequently suffered residual paralysis and almost total loss of control over fine motor skills, as well as periodic muscle spasms.

The man’s physician suggested these effects were permanent.

Researchers enrolled the participant in 13 months of chiropractic care. During these sessions, doctors addressed vertebral subluxation.

In other words, they focused on realigning spinal bones that were subjected to improper positioning and/or motion, which affect nerve communication between brain and body.

After the 13 months of routine spinal adjustments, researchers found that the man enjoyed significant improvement regarding fine motor skills, while he experienced a significant decrease in muscle spasms.

In fact, the man can now turn the pages of a book, put on and zip up his own jacket, and even exercise on a Pilates machine.

In Conclusion

Bottom line: If you or anyone you know has suffered a stroke and subsequently experiences residual effects, such as diminished fine motor skills or muscle spasms…

You might want to give chiropractic care serious consideration.

Especially if a physician tells you it’s probably a permanent thing.


Dr. Pete’s 2 cents:

Chiropractic is not meant to cure any condition. 

What regular chiropractic adjustments do is help the body communicate better with itself.  If there is interference to the nerves going to an area, that area will not heal as well or as fast after a stroke and reversely if that interference is removed, that area can then heal better and faster as appears to have been the case in this study.  Of course this is a study with only one individual, but the concept is sound.

Again, chiropractic is not meant to cure any condition, it merely helps your body communicate better with itself by taking pressure off nerves where the nerve pressure is the result of misaligned vertebrae.  Regardless of if you have had a stroke or haven’t had a stroke it is important to take pressure off the your nerves with regular chiropractic adjustments. 

-Dr. Peter Ahlers-Nelson, D.C.

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