A stroke occurs when there is vascular damage to one or more of the blood vessels within the brain.
A stroke can be one of two types:
Ischemic - most commonly caused by a clot or other type of blockage which doesn't allow for oxygen to supply a specific portion of the brain.
Hemorrhagic - this type of stroke is caused by a damaged blood vessel bleeding into the brain rather than properly delivering nutrients and removing waste.
The symptoms that follow a stroke are dependant on which area of the nervous system was affected, often symptoms of:
Are present, and these symptoms can be accompanied by others.
Before we begin our rehabilitation program a thorough examination is needed, after that, we will have a more accurate view of your case and the ability to keep you informed with how much progress you can expect. Below are some of the tools we use in rehabilitation when appropriate.
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a form of non-invasive light therapy using red and/ or near-infrared light. PBM has extensive research showing its effectiveness for reducing inflammation, immunomodulation, tissue repair and increased production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
Vision Therapy is a commonly used method to improve the precision of ocular movements. Practical examples of dysfunctional eye movements can appear as double and/or blurry vision, difficulty concentrating, difficulty reading, eye strain and headaches.
Repetitive Peripheral Somatosensory Stimulus
Repetitive Peripheral Somatosensory Stimulus (RPSS) is a non-invasive treatment modality that involves the application of a mild electrical impulse to the skin. RPSS has a wide array of uses, in our rehabilitation program it is commonly used to directly treat conditions such as vertigo or migraines/ headaches.
Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) involves application of mild electrical impulse to the outer ear in order to stimulate the Vagus nerve. TVNS has been shown to successfully treat conditions such as cluster headaches, migraines, epilepsy, trigeminal pain, mTBI, irritable bowel disease and many others.
Ear Insufflation is a modern procedure involving gently puffing air into the ear canal. The purpose of this technique is to affect the Trigeminal nerve (CN V). As it plays a crucial role in facial/ scalp sensation and proper jaw function.