Paralysis Hemiplegia Facial Cerebral Palsy
Paralysis is partial or complete, temporary or permanent loss of muscle function for one or more muscles.
Paralysis is most often caused by damage in the nervous system, especially the spinal cord. Other major causes are stroke, trauma with nerve injury, poliomyelitis, cerebral palsy, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, botulism, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and Guillain–Barré syndrome. . Hemiplegia is paralysis of one side of the body caused by disease or injury to the brain’s motor centers. Hemiplegia may be caused by an illness, injury, stroke or may be congenital.
If it is permanent paralysis there is currently no cure. Patient is helped to adapt to life with paralysis by making them as independent as possible. Other aim of treatment is to avoid complications that arise from paralysis, such as pressure ulcers.
New research proves that acupuncture combined with neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is effective for restoring hand function in hemiplegic patients. Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture Pain Therapy treatment of stoke sequel and paralysis achieves significant positive patient outcomes in the restoration of hand motor activities including holding, grasping, moving and pinching.
American National Health Library reports
“Among the 8 patients with beneficial response, significant improvements were observed in knee flexion, knee extension, and shoulder abduction. Neither age, nor months poststroke when acupuncture was begun, was significantly correlated with the total number of improved tests, post-acupuncture. Two chronic patients with beneficial response first began receiving acupuncture at 3 years and 6 years poststroke. Most improvements were sustained for at least 4 months after the last acupuncture treatment.”
Facial nerve paralysis involves unilateral facial weakness, with decreased salivation and tear secretion loss of taste. Acute facial pain radiating from the ear may precede the onset of other symptoms. Other signs may be linked to the cause of the paralysis, such as vesicles in the ear, which may occur if the facial palsy is due to shingles. Symptoms may develop over several hours. Facial Palsy may be due to mostly Bell’s palsy but other causes may be infection, trauma, tumors or stroke. Bell’s palsy generally resolves on its own.
Peripheral facial paralysis is a common condition. The cosmetic drawback for the patient is obvious; the inability to perform normal communication is impaired. Patients are typically under great psychological stress in addition to their physical limitations due to this condition. FP is caused by the inflammation of facial nerves and treatments should be carried out in the early stage aiming at restoring the strength of facial mimetic muscles. Facial mimetic muscles are skeletal muscles of the face innervated by the facial nerve, cranial nerve VII.
Steroids, if taken early make recovery faster. Antiviral drugs may be sometimes added.
Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment for peripheral facial paralysis (FP). Electro-acupuncture and rehabilitation training combined with conventional acupuncture and physiotherapy can significantly improve facial paralysis symptoms in the early stage. Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture Therapy in Nashik advise early treatment of facial palsy including Bell’s palsy for rehabilitation training which helps maintain and restore the shape and function of mimetic muscles on the affected side. It is possible by appropriate stimulation of electro-acupuncture which improves excitability, flexibility and reactivity of the nerve system.
Science Direct concludes –
Acupuncture associated with electrical stimulation reversed the peripheral facial paralysis in a short time. Severe sequelae were minimized due to the balance of muscle activation in response to the electrical stimulation provided by the acupuncture needles.”
Cerebral palsy appears in early childhood with a group of permanent motor disorders. It may present with poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. Problems of sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking may also be present. Babies may not have normal milestones like they do not roll over, sit, crawl, or walk as early as other children of their age. Other complaints include seizures and problems with thinking or reasoning, each of which occurs in about one third of people with CP.
It is abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance and posture that causes cerebral palsy. Frequently the problems occur during pregnancy; but they may also occur during labor, or shortly after birth. Mostly the cause is unknown. Preterm birth, being a twin, certain infections during pregnancy such as toxoplasmosis or rubella, exposure to methylmercury during pregnancy, a difficult delivery, and head trauma during the first few years of life, among others increase the risks of cerebral palsy. Inherited genetic causes, account for about 2% of cases.
CP can be prevented in certain cases through immunization of the mother and efforts to prevent head injuries in children such as through improved safety. Supportive treatments, medications, and surgery may help many individuals. This may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Often external braces and other assistive technology are helpful. With appropriate treatment, some affected children can achieve near normal adult lives.
When considering Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture Therapy in Nashik treatment for cerebral palsy, it must be understood that there is no treatment by allopathic medicine. Acupuncture has been seen to improve some of symptoms including muscle tone, balance and gait. It is worth exploring this modality.