Stroke is a disease that causes impairment in our bodies with blocked blood vessels or bleeding in the brain.
In the US, 140 thousand people die from stroke every year, one in every 40 seconds suffer from stroke, and one in every 4 minutes die from stroke. As such, stroke is a much more common disease than people consider, and unlike the pervasive idea that it is a disease suffered only by the elderly, it also occurs in many younger generations due to changes in eating habits.
Once the stroke occurs, 1.9 million neurons a minute and 120 million neurons an hour are damaged, possibly causing an eternal impairment and also the associated aftermath.Stroke may also cause problems in the language center and render communication difficult, paralyze the face, or even worse, result in hemiplegia (partial body paralysis). The hands, arms, and legs may not move like before, making it difficult to carry out daily tasks such as walking, eating, washing the face, and taking a shower.
Therefore, continuous rehabilitation treatment and training are of absolute necessity. For example, if you are not able to bend your fingers or freely move your wrist from the front and back or up and down due to stroke, you will need to receive rehabilitation training in accordance with the symptoms. Movements such as continuous flexing and straightening of fingers and bending of wrist up and down are by themselves rehabilitation training. If you cannot move your arm from right to left or up and down, you would need training in straightening and flexing your arm.
First, the goals of rehabilitation treatment and training are the enhancement and maintenance of movement performance.
Rehabilitation training must be conducted every day on a continuous basis. Just as we exercise for our health, rehabilitation training should also be done consistently upon a fixed time schedule. The purpose of rehabilitation is not only for enhancing movement performance on the part of the body that has lost its function, but also for managing the body so that the conditions would not get worse.
Second, if you do not receive rehabilitation training, you may lose all movement performance on the part of the body that has lost its function.
Your body would already be under deterioration of movement performance due to stroke, but if you do not receive rehabilitation training, you may never be able to make that movement. If you refuse to train your arm that can merely move within a limited range, your arm will only be able to move within that boundary. Also, completely dysfunctional parts of the body will never gain recovery even after belated attempts at rehabilitation training.
Third is to return to your daily life through rehabilitation training.
Patients suffering from stroke wish to return to their daily lives, where they can hold a cup to drink water, wash dishes, clean the room, and even further, go back to work. The only way to do so is through continuous rehabilitation training.
Let’s overcome stroke through everyday repetition of rehabilitation training!
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Source: Centers for disease control and prevention Website (https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm) ↩︎