Stroke is a common complication of arterial obstructions. This is one of the common complications of uncontrolled diabetes.
How Strokes Happen
A short summary of how strokes happen is as follows:
Elevated cholesterol levels can narrow or block arteries limiting blood flow. The Plaque (plak) that is produced is a fatty material made mainly of cholesterol deposits in the artery walls that occurs throughout the 75,000 miles of the circulatory system.
The arteries cannot stretch, cannot carry as much blood and can form blood clots. This can be especially dangerous. When blocked by plaque, the body parts that are not receiving enough blood can become damaged. When this happens to the brain it results in a stroke, in the heart, a heart attack, on the legs, gangrene that may need amputations.
We utilize low-level lasers for patients with residual problems after strokes. Residual extremity paralysis, speech problems and other muscular disabilities are improved or relieved completely.
In the April 2009, annual conference of ASLMS, in Washington DC , Dr. Longo from Spain reported his series of patients who have recovered after strokes with LLLT.
We have since been encouraged to continue our therapies with LLLT for strokes, hoping to attain the same if not better results than Dr. Longo. With improvements seen in our first three stroke patients, we have since taken care of a case of Parkinsonism that improved after a few sessions.
We have basically used the same LLLT technique used for strokes on neuropathies, including direct laser pointer application on the involved nerve trunk and branches. A 15-year case of Bell’s palsy improved to almost normal !!! We have also treated several Carpal Tunnel syndrome cases.