Lymphatic Drainage & CranioSacral Therapy for Stroke Recovery

November 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin in Article

Since my last post on Manual Lymphatic Drainage, I have had a call from someone who had recently had a stroke. He was making progress with his recovery but one month later was still having trouble with his speech, coordination and strength. He also had some eye pain and was having trouble sleeping.

At his first visit it was clear that this person takes very good care of himself. I always say that the healthier you are going in to a health crises, the better you will come out of it. A great argument for taking care of and respecting your body.

At the first visit, I gently supported this person’s cranial rhythm and provided some manual lymphatic drainage at his thoracic duct, neck, shoulders and head. This allowed the environment in his brain to become much more balanced and clean. CranioSacral work can help heal any fibrosis that may have developed as a result of the stroke. Additionally, CranioSacral and Lymphatic Drainage help to clear toxins, proteins and other particles from the interstitial spaces leaving a cleaner, more healthy environment for cells, nerves and muscles to function properly.

After two days my client reported that his voice and strength were better. He decided to commit to at least 4 more sessions. Two weeks later he is now riding his bike on the trainer, driving his car, sleeping better and seeming much more vibrant than the first time I saw him.

I would like to add that this person puts way more effort into his recovery than just coming to see me. I know that he sees his physical therapist and spends a couple of hours every single day doing his prescribed exercises. He also has seen an acupuncturist at least once. I’m sure there are many more things he is doing that I am not aware of. This is said to make the point that we must all take self responsibility for our health and healing. This man is paying close attention to his body and is making the effort to give it what he thinks is best. It is clearly making a huge difference in his recovery.

I am happy to be a part of his success and hope this story can be passed on to others who may be recovering from a traumatic event to help remind them that recovery does not just happen. We must look at ourselves, our own individual situation, and make the effort to give our bodies what they need to succeed.

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