A stroke is an attack that can happen to anyone and at any time, with largely varying intensities. When a stroke occurs, the oxygen supply to the brain is suddenly cut off, and when this happens, the brain cells of the affected area all die at once. The actions that were controlled by that portion of the brain are affected. The effects of a stroke attack depend on where the attack occurs and the scale of the attack. A major stroke attack could result in permanent partial paralysis and speaking disability, while a minor attack could result in simply temporary feebleness in the arms. One cannot have full control when it comes to having a stroke; all we could do is doing our best to prevent a stroke attack. These preventive measures would include measures such as:
Lowering Your Blood Pressure
People that have a higher blood pressure are at an increased risk of having a stroke attack. Lowering your blood pressure should be your main focus if this is applicable to you. A blood pressure of 135/85, or even 140/90 is deemed appropriate by the experts. People that have already suffered a stroke attack are perhaps already familiar with physiotherapy as a part of their stroke rehabilitation program. It might interest the readers to know that adequate physiotherapy is a suitable counter against high blood pressure.
Daily Exercises helps in the long-run as it helps you maintain your body weight and also keeps a check on your blood pressure. Although several exercises already exist within the scope of stroke rehabilitation in the form of physiotherapy, regular exercise also stands independently as an appropriate preventive measure against stroke attacks. Furthermore, exercise also helps one lose weight, and it has been observed that the obese are at an especially higher risk of having a stroke attack later in life.
Smoking thickens your blood and escalates the chances of clot formation. Furthermore, it also increases the amount of plaque that is building up in your arteries. Aside from obvious lung problems, smoking already increases the chances of having a stroke later in life, and quitting with immediate effect seems like an important lifestyle change.
Contrary to popular belief, physiotherapy is not exclusively a stroke rehabilitation activity, everybody, irrespective of their situation has much to benefit from physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is especially useful for the people that have already suffered a stroke attack in the past. Physiotherapy has several benefits such as joint mobilization, improving strength, soft tissue massage and even cardiopulmonary conditions respond well to physiotherapy. Some of these functions directly or indirectly act as a stroke prevention strategies.
Globally, stroke attacks are now an increasing phenomenon. In 2015, stroke was the second highest cause of death. Owing to this, InHome Physical Therapy strives to counter the issue with an increased emphasis on the battle against stroke and is concentrating its efforts on stroke rehabilitation and physiotherapy in the comfort of your residence.