A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, causing oxygen and blood supply to be compromised and brain cells die within minutes, resulting in a medical emergency.

Symptoms: the most common symptoms include: headache, numbness or tingling, paralysis (on one side of the body), loss of coordination, trouble with speaking or comprehension and loss of balance.

Cause: Ischemic stroke is an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is a burst vessel causing leakage into the surrounding brain.

Registered Massage Therapists may help:

  • Massage is a pain control option
  • Reduce localized pain using massage techniques on surrounding muscles (i.e. back, thighs, abdomen, calves etc.)
  • Decrease pain-releated disability through various excerises
  • Provide stretches to avoid cramping