A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain stops. Blood flow to the brain is disrupted, causing oxygen and blood supply to be compromised and brain cells die within minutes resulting in a medical emergency.
Symptoms: the most common include: headache, numbness or tingling (on one side of the body), loss of coordination, trouble with speaking or comprehension and loss of balance.
Cause: Ischemic stroke is an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is a weakened blood vessel causing leakage into the surrounding brain.
Registered Massage Therapists may help:
- Reduce localized pain using massage techniques on surrounding muscles (i.e. thighs, abdomen, calves etc.)
- Reduce pain-related disability through various exercises
- Provide stretches to avoid cramping