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How Can Massage Therapy Help Stroke Patients

by Oasis Wellness Partners on June 30, 2023       Oasis Wellness Partners

The road to recovery after a stroke can be challenging, requiring a comprehensive approach that addresses various aspects of rehabilitation. One modality that Oasis Wellness Partners highly recommends for stroke patients is Massage Therapy.

Massage therapy can be beneficial for stroke patients in several ways. Here are some ways in which massage therapy can help stroke patients:

Muscle relaxation and pain relief: Massage therapy can help relax tight muscles, reduce muscle spasms, and alleviate pain caused by muscle imbalances or overcompensation patterns. Stroke patients often experience muscle stiffness and tightness, and massage can help improve their comfort and range of motion.

Improved circulation: Stroke can disrupt blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body. Massage therapy can enhance circulation by increasing blood flow to the affected areas, promoting oxygen and nutrient delivery, and facilitating the removal of waste products. Improved circulation can aid in the healing process and overall recovery.

Reduction of edema: Edema, or swelling, commonly occurs after a stroke due to impaired circulation and fluid accumulation. Massage techniques, such as lymphatic drainage massage, can help reduce edema by stimulating lymphatic flow and enhancing the removal of excess fluid.

Increased range of motion and flexibility: Stroke can lead to muscle weakness and limited range of motion. Massage therapy, combined with passive stretching techniques, can help improve joint flexibility, increase muscle length, and restore functional movement.

Sensory stimulation: Stroke patients may experience sensory impairments, such as decreased sensation or altered proprioception. Massage therapy provides tactile stimulation, which can help improve sensory awareness, body perception, and overall sensory integration.

Relaxation and stress reduction: Stroke and the recovery process can be stressful for both the patient and their caregivers. Massage therapy induces a relaxation response, reduces anxiety, and promotes a sense of well-being. It can also help improve sleep patterns, which are often disrupted after a stroke.

Contact Oasis Wellness Partners to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed massage therapists.

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