Cerebrovascular accident (Strokes)
In the United States
more than 700,000 people suffer a stroke, a cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
each year, and approximately two-thirds of these individuals survive and
require rehabilitation. The goals of rehabilitation are to help
survivors become as independent as possible and to attain the best
possible quality of life. Even though rehabilitation does not "cure"
stroke in that it does not reverse brain damage, rehabilitation can
substantially help people achieve the best possible long-term outcome.
What is post-stroke rehabilitation?
stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is
damaged. For example, these skills can include coordinating leg
movements in order to walk or carrying out the steps involved in any
complex activity. Rehabilitation also teaches survivors new ways of
performing tasks to circumvent or compensate for any residual
Chiropractic Neurologists specialize in
treating disabilities related to motor and sensory challenges and
impments. Dr. Fred Clary is trained and teaches nationally all
aspects of anatomy and physiology related to normal function, with an
emphasis on movement. Frederick Clary, D.C., D.I.B.C.N trains other
chiropractors in examining the stroke patient’s strength, dynamic
equilibrium, muscle firing patterns, muscle antagonist - agonist
balance, endurance, range of motion, gait abnormalities, and sensory
deficits to design individualized rehabilitation programs aimed at
regaining control over motor functions.
Dr. Clary can help stroke patient’s
recuperate and save the use of stroke-impA Functional Lifeed limbs, teach compensatory
strategies to reduce the effect of remaining deficits, and establish
ongoing exercise programs to help people retain their newly learned
skills. Dr. Clary focuses on “saving the muscle’ within a movement
pattern to reduce pain and dysfunction. Disabled people tend to avoid
using impA Functional Lifeed limbs, a behavior called learned non-use. However,
the repetitive use of impA Functional Lifeed limbs promotes brain plasticity
(the brains ability to adapt and heal) and helps reduce disabilities and
can ‘awaken and save’ certain normal movements.
Treatments used by Dr. Fred Clary to
encourage the use of limbs include selective sensory
stimulation such as tapping or stroking, active and passive
range-of-motion exercises, vibration, muscle firing pattern retraining,
and positional release hold. Dr. Clary also utilizes forced use of the
effected limb by practicing motor tasks. Dr. Clary’s approach promotes
brain reorganization and recovery of function.