A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain damage can occur. After a stroke, many experience partial or complete paralysis of one side of the body. Some experience partial numbness in the fingers and face. More extreme cases of brain damage may experience loss of the ability to walk, talk and function independently. Is there a more effective way to aid in stroke recovery?
The health community often ponders the most effective way to offer rehabilitation after a stroke. Conventional treatment methods take time and can be slow and painstaking. There remains a wonder over whether or not a better treatment option exists. Most commonly, doctors prescribe a combination of medication and physical therapy following a stroke. While these conventional methods are necessary, researchers believe that PEMF therapy can enhance efficacy and accelerate recovery time.
PEMF IS AN EFFECTIVE COMPLIMENTARY THERAPY POST STROKE
PEMF therapy can assist those recovering from a stroke in a number of ways. By improving energy and circulation, PEMF therapy allows for a more active role in rehabilitation. However, the most substantial way PEMF therapy assists with stroke recovery is by improving the function of nerve cells. When nerve cells misfire, motor control issues arise. This is the brain’s way of telling the body that there is injury or damage present.
COMBINING THERAPIES FOR MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS
On its own, PEMF therapy will not bring full recovery. However, PEMF can aid in acceleration of stroke recovery when used in combination with conventional medical treatments. In a study pertaining to the combined efficacy of PEMF therapy with Physical Therapy (PT), participants received 1 Hz of PEMF over the healthy side of the brain 10 times daily. The researchers found that administering PEMF prior to daily PT allowed for re-balancing of motor excitability. Essentially, the damaged part of the brain was more likely to react well to physical therapy when primed with PEMF therapy prior to the PT session.
PEMF Therapy Education, Jul 25, 2019.