If you’ve had a stroke, you may be suffering from muscle weakness of the face, arm, or leg. Usually, only one side of the body will be affected. Stroke affecting the coordination of the body can lead to difficulty moving even when your muscles are not getting stronger.
Rehabilitation is an important part of stroke recovery and some patients are lucky enough to be able to start physical therapy or occupational therapy after a stroke. Physical therapy center is the right choice for you who want to rehabilitate.
Why muscle weakness occur?
When muscles are not used, a condition known as atrophy often occurs. Atrophy is the shrinking of muscle tissue. If physical exercise in the gym to train muscles, triggering muscles to grow stronger and bigger, atrophy quite the opposite. Atrophy is diminished or loss of muscle mass due to muscle is too old is not used.
The lack of activity causes muscles to shrink and weak. After a stroke patient is ready to become active again, weak muscle atrophy plus weak due to a stroke made the sport be a difficult challenge.
How to control and overcome atrophy?
One method used to start a physical activity before the patient is ready to do the therapy is to move the patient’s arms and legs slowly. This is often done for stroke patients in the hospital who are unable to perform the activity. There are several benefits of moving the passive muscle, which helps to avoid injury due to pressure on one part of the body when lying in bed or sitting in a chair in a long time. This can help prevent blood clots that can occur in the arms or legs due to less moving. Passive motion has been well accepted as a method to prevent blood clotting. Passive movements can help to minimize some of the damage of nerve and muscle stiffness that usually occur during muscle inactivity for a long time.
Although atrophy is a condition which is not pleasant, but it can be cured. Many stroke patients become depressed when they observe their thin body looked weak and malnourished. After the stroke, eating disorders are common for patients with stroke so the weight straight down after stroke.
Light activity such as walking a few steps or even a shower may seem exhausting at first. Expectations and gradual improvement can help prevent despair. Muscles that are disrupted by a stroke can still be improved thanks to the long-term passive movement. This helps coordination and overall health.
What should I remember?
Atrophy is a common consequence of a lack of muscle use. With time, exercise, and good nutrition stroke patients can recover from atrophy.