What could be done to help the muscle movement of the face due to a stroke?

A stroke, also known as an acute cerebrovascular attack, is a condition in which blood supply to the brain is disrupted, leading to loss of brain function. A stroke can be fatal, and in many cases, it causes permanent neurological damage, making it difficult for a person to function normally. In some cases, a person may be extremely lucky and the damage may be minimal, but in a number of cases, the patient experiences difficulty in using his or her limbs and facial muscles, which can be quite traumatic. Simple, everyday tasks can become extremely difficult for a person who has suffered from a stroke.

It is however possible to recover from the effects of a stroke, although this takes a lot of effort, both from the patient and his or her family and friends. Complete recovery, in which a person is able to function at the level they were at before they suffered the stroke, is extremely rare, but it is possible. In most cases however, the patient is able to recover to a considerable level, and could once again function independently. The support, both emotional and physical, of one's loved ones is extremely important in the recovery process.

Recovery from a stroke is a complex, painful, and exhausting process involving therapy from several disciplines. Strictly speaking, there are no real home remedies for such a problem, unless you consider factors such as diet and exercise. Simple stretching exercises and any movements that use the affected muscles to the extent possible will help in regaining muscle control and strength. However, it is not possible to recommend any general exercises - each case has to be evaluated individually, to determine which muscles are affected and the extent to which they are affected. Only then can exercises be recommended, and these too will be used in conjunction with other treatments such as occupational therapy, electrotherapy, speech and language therapy, and numerous others. In some cases, medication may also help - once again, this depends on each individual case. In some cases, if nothing else seems to help, surgery may be needed to fix the affected muscles, bones, and nerves.

As mentioned earlier, a proper diet also helps recovery from a stroke. However, in most cases no special diet is necessary - a simple diet that is well balanced and healthy is sufficient. You should therefore avoid wasting your money on expensive vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements, some of which may actually do more harm than good.

answered by G M

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