Anti aging guide

Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)



How to prevent stroke or cerebrovascular accident with a healthy lifestyle.

Stroke, or CVA (cerebrovascular accident), happens when the brain is damaged by an abnormal blood flow. This may be caused by the blockage of an artery in the brain or by haemorrhage, a tumour or an injury.

Prevention of stroke is possible up to a point by following a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on the avoidance of atherosclerosis as well as on controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Treatment of established stroke is a complicated business, depending on the degree of damage, whether it is affecting the dominant or non-dominant side of the body, whether there is confusion, difficulty in swallowing or in articulating words and so on. There are many new treatments including medical treatments, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and surgery, all aiming to restore as much lost function as possible. Several experimental drugs are being studied, so there is hope on the horizon.

Complementary treatments used in stroke are:

  • massage, including Ayurvedic manna massage to help co-ordinate the body and mind
  • acupuncture to rebalance the energy in the body
  • hydrotherapy to strengthen the muscles
  • meditation or healing to restore the circulation of blood and the damaged nervous system
  • herbal treatments with lavender and damiana

All of these treatments help relax the muscles around the affected area to try and make movements more active.

The advice to patients who have had a stroke is: don’t give up. Ever. There is always something you haven’t tried yet which may make a difference to your condition.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm