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  1. alansd

    great going..gait is a good thing to control. I wish I could
  2. alansd

    Good answers. My accupuncturist is also doing specific frequency micro current, which is a very old but effective treatment for many issues. Hopefully it will help my wrist and hand . The cold to hot idea is interesting. Thanks
  3. If your leg( orArm) came back to full use or close, did it happen slowly improving a little at a time or did it suddenly begin to respond normally?my left leg is still hypertonic , but getting slowly better, the use of complex movement.. neuro chiropractor homework the arm is stronger from steady strength training, just beginning the complex movement cycle.
  4. i see some small improvements often..my chiropractor gave me exercises for my affected leg which seem to help, but are tough. I get down on the floor to stretch which is very helpful and gets easier the more I try, but I still get frustrated and feel like" why me?" You cant help that. The brain controls emotions and the brain is just not the same..hopefully it will get to be someday though.
  5. alansd

    thanks all for the comments, I try to do something positive every day, it may just be lunch with a friend, but it makes the day more worthwhile
  6. alansd

    2 years in, left arm and leg not very usable. Able to walk with and without a cane, just not very far, left hand can hold things, like bottles to be opened, and exercise equipment, but arm and wrist are not functioning. Some fatigue, but not bad enough to keep me from activity.
  7. alansd

    keep it coming, friends
  8. What questions would you have liked to hear from a support person while you were hospitalized? I need to mold my approach. Taking classes now to start visits in a few weeks. i want to be encouraging empathetic and helpful without being invasive and of course not violating hiipa.
  9. alansd

    two years on

    I just recently reached two years since my stroke. I have come quite a way in recovery, but not yet satisfied.I have explored and used many devices, programs, exercises, OT and PT, and all this has contributed to my present state of ability.I often hear"you look great" Or" you are doing well." But people don't see the daily struggle to do simple life tasks, and how hard it is to stay motivated to progress. I go to a gym....LA Fitness, every other day, on a regimen.When I first went a year ago,it was very hard to do any exercise machine.Now i do all the machines. It helps my strength, attitude and I meet so many people there,it is very motivating. Ive just begun to use my left ( affected) arm to use 4 different machines. I can hold the handle with my hand, sometimes aided at grabbing it with my right . I am pulling a weighted pully across my body both left and right and then up and down.My shoulder has improved, and my elbow gained flexibility. Still, I only use 3 to 5 pounds.I will add weight when I can.What is gratifying is that I can get down on the floor and do stretches.I am able to get down and back up on my own, sometimes painful, but tolerable.It truly helps my back and overall feeling to do this. What ia new is my volunteering as a stroke peer helper at our very large local hospital.This is just beginning, and I have a bit more training to attend, though i have done some already. I am a bit nervous about my mental-emotional stability when I meet someone who is experiencing all the effects, and might have the pseudo-bulbar affect in full swing,I surely don't want to join them in a crying jag. All in all I deal with each day and what it brings,always optimistic and seeking some recovery I might see, that is too subtle for anyone else to notice. Its great to be alive. I add prayers every day for full recovery and healing. Ive been led to many thing by listening to people I have met, and showing genuiness and thankfulness.I now do acupuncture once weekly which came about from a chance meeting.In the past months I had an opportunity to participate in a college clinical trial, and use a Saebo flex glove,as well as try a hyper-baric chamber for a month. .
  10. alansd

    i often feel like my speech is odd, but I am told it is fine,I think its the feeling in my mouth that is off.
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    i went to a class on CBD given by a chemist who said many users buy the wrong product or use the stuff wrong. Buy only C02 extracted oil, that has quality other oils in it,drops go under the tongue, to absorb, dont "drink" it. It could take 3 months of daily use to see results.I am using it regularly, bought from goldenphae.com I heard a dr. say that cbd could reverse or prevent brain disorders in NFL players from concussion..
  12. alansd

    long post; Scalp acupuncture is one of several specialized acupuncture techniques with a specific body location, taking its place alongside ear, nose, hand, foot, and wrist/ankle acupuncture. The more general acupuncture therapy is often called body acupuncture. Although the scalp has numerous traditionally-identified acupuncture points along several of the major meridians (notably the stomach, bladder, gallbladder, triple burner, and governing vessel), modern scalp acupuncture differs from traditional acupuncture therapy. There are three basic features of scalp acupuncture that differentiate it from body acupuncture: 1. Treatment zones have been mapped onto the scalp that are associated with body functions and broad body regions. The zones include a few standard acupuncture points, but the treatment principle for point selection is usually not based on the traditional indication for the point or associated meridian. In general, within a defined zone, the forward part of the zone (nearer the face) is used to treat the upper body, while the rear portion of the zone is used to treat the lower body. Functional zones, such as sensory, memory, and motor, are usually located at the back and sides of the scalp. 2. In scalp acupuncture, the needles are to be inserted within a thin layer of loose tissue beneath the scalp surface, at a low angle of about 15–30 degrees, involving an insertion distance of about 1 cun [the cun is a variable unit of measure based on body size; about one inch for an adult]. Standard acupuncture of scalp points normally involves subcutaneous insertion up to a depth 1/2 cun or less (about 0.3–0.5 inches for an adult) at a high angle of 60–90 degrees. 3. For scalp acupuncture, the needles are to be subjected to rapid stimulation, which may be carried out in a variety of ways, including pulling/thrusting, twirling, and electro-stimulation. Standard acupuncture applied to scalp points usually involves less rapid stimulation or moxibustion as the main stimulation technique. When using manual manipulation in modern scalp acupuncture, it is common to stimulate the needles for 2–3 minutes at a time, with a rest period of 5–10 minutes between stimulations. The fundamentals of scalp acupuncture therapy were reviewed by Lu Shoukang, of the Beijing College of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Orthopedics, and Traumatology, in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (1). According to this review, the technique is predominantly a small-needle therapy in which shu points in the scalp are treated. Shu points refer to “stream” points where the qi of the internal organs is infused. In the system of body acupuncture, there are 5 shu points (one for each element) on each of the 12 meridians (below the elbow or below the knee) plus the back shu points, which are each located in the vicinity of one of the internal organs. According to the theory of channels and collaterals, shu points in the head can be used to treat diseases of the whole body. Lu claims that more than 80 diseases are currently treated by this therapeutic method, which is particularly effective in treating disorders of the central nervous system and various acute and chronic pain syndromes. He mentions specific examples: neurasthenia, anxiety neurosis, and other psychological and psychosomatic disorders, periarthritis of the shoulders, ischialgia, pain in the back and loin, painful heels, and other pain syndromes, hemiplegia, aphasia, senile dementia, and other brain disorders. http://www.itmonline.org/arts/newscalp.htm
  13. alansd

    days after skull accupuncture my hamstring hypertonic condition had abbated, it returned after cycling.A trainer advised me to stretch after, and I did, that helped.I hate the tight hamstring,it limits me a lot. been getting on the floor first thing in the morning to stretch my back, this is very helpful to me overall.Had my seconf skull session yesterday, so calming.
  14. alansd

    Well I had a great day on my ..versary. Strong workout chatting with friends, driving top down in 75 degree sunshine...great dinner shrimp fajitas my wife cooked up. life is good great comments all!
  15. alansd

    We all want the magic pill, but there just isn't one.....yet. Keep on smiling!