Asked by Lisa21 6 years ago
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sportsmassagetherapist 6 years ago
I agree, but not in all cases. It depends on when the stroke happened and what was its reason:
When tha patient had the stroke because of big-big stress, massage is OK. But if he/she has narrow blood vessels, high blood pressure, vascular calcification, it depends on the physician! If he allows to do the massage and give a paper, it's OK.
It's better not to make the clients condition worse if it's dangerous.
So ask the physician 1st, pls.
johnperrott 6 years ago
After a stroke the brain has an amazing ability to relearn movement using other neurones or nerve cells. It is called plasticity. Massage improves blood flow through the limbs. However in the long term if you mobilise the limbs and joints at the same time as asking them to visualise them moving, their brain eventually takes over and makes the limb move. Some research shows that by restraining the "good limb" the other limb has to work harder to achieve the task.