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 Dr. George Jacob
Heart Infocenter

Holistic-online.com

Stroke

Alternative and Complementary Medicine for Stroke

Exercise/Body Work for Stroke

Research shows that physical activity helps prevent ischemic stroke (as well as heart attacks!). In one study, researchers found that people who engaged in moderate to high levels of exercise had less than half the stroke risk of people who engaged in low levels of exercise.

Evidence suggests that heavy workouts aren't necessary to get risk-reducing benefits for stroke. Walking, riding a bike, gardening, dancing, and bowling, and working in the yard are just a few examples of activities that can produce an adequate workout. Studies have shown that the regularity of moderate physical activity is more important in controlling stroke than the intensity of the activity.

Several body-work techniques can help restore mobility, promote circulation, and ease muscle tension and stiffness associated with stroke. Among these are qigong, shiatsu, massage, yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, etc.

Swimming in a heated pool is particularly useful for restoring lost motor function and keeping muscles loose.

See Also:

Exercises for managing  Hypertension

Sample Walking Program

Exercise for Cardiovascular Health

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Caution: These remedies are not meant to be used as a treatment for stroke. If you suspect a stroke, seek emergency medical treatment immediately. Time is of essence. Check with your doctor before you start any exercise programs.

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