Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... How many of you would like to knock your physical therapist upside the head some days.... guilty?
The fact is unless you’ve experienced the problems of spasticity... or at least that’s the word they give it, you really don’t understand. Let’s see if I can share a few things that you’ll relate to...
I could keep on going, but all it does is serves to remind or depress... I recently got a message from someone who has said they’ve given it their all and have nothing to show for it... so why try?
Well I hope that first list gave you hope that at least I know. I was asked by a stroke survivor if I really had a stroke... or if it was that bad... yes and yes! I suffered a pontine brain bleed and then while I was in a coma I suffered a secondary ischemic stroke from unabsorbed blood that resulted in stroke from a blockage. So I know... been there... done that!
So what can be done to reduce spasticity ... spastic muscles, increased contractions with unusual "tightness", stiffness, or "pull" in muscles and is often treated with the drug baclofen.
Personally I hate baclofen! Ok we got that out of the way.... I stopped taking it after two years and never regretted it. But when it comes to medications you and your doctor need to decide. By that I mean you!
The challenge is you need to fix or heal the problem and the drug will not do that...FYI nor will Botox injections! Healing comes from re-establishing data flow and proper communication with your muscles. Ok back to the drawing board... what happened when you had your stroke? Where did the damage occur? What are you doing to heal it? And don’t say take drugs here because drugs do not heal... they create reactions or actions that stop when the drug is stopped... or they create secondary actions called side effects. All this is designed to make money for a pharmaceutical company and helping you is secondary. If a drug cannot be appropriately monetized it’s not manufactured.
When it comes to spasticity you need to make the changes that will cause healing and progress. It’s slow and demands consistency. You need to control your actions through your mind... so what am I asking...what am I saying?
I’ve laid out 4 things to do... they’re simple but not easy. What do I mean by that? Anyone can do them but few will be committed and determined enough to do them. If you are challenged and want help, then reach out and tell me and I’ll help. If not then no more complaining. It’s that simple.
Control over spasticity is not easy... but it can be done! The 4 things I’ve laid out are simple but not easy... they require determination and focus. When you are experiencing “brain fog” or confusion following a stroke its difficult to see progress here! The important thing... that which I continually focus on and is the key ....is regaining that data stream... TCM speeds it up considerably but you can slowly regain it over time... that’s up to you!
Well that’s all our time today... thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll reach out and take the action needed to heal... I look forward to chatting about nutrition and beginning my interview with Jodelle tomorrow! Please feel free to leave me a message at stroke.global or on Facebook @stroke.global.
It really is an honor and it’s been a pleasure sharing today and I hope you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we want to thank our sponsor TCM Restoration for helping us provide this venue. Feel free to share this podcast with others, offer your feedback and questions and follow us online on our website stroke.global or on our Facebook page. Well... I look forward to learning more with you tomorrow.