Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap To Recovery
Stroke strikes over ½ million Americans each year. Stroke is damage to the brain which is caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. Most stroke victims survive, but a steep road of recovery lies ahead for them as well as their caregivers.
The author of Stronger After Stroke, Peter G Levine, is a stroke rehabilitation specialist and researches with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and is co-director of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory. His papers have been published in medical journals and magazines. He also runs stroke rehabilitation workshops around the US
The book is written mostly for the stroke victim, since the most important person in the road of recovery is the survivor itself. Recovery takes years and years of hard work. Levine talks about perseverance and hope. He explains how the brain works and that the brain has the ability to rewire itself. In order to do so, repetitive and specific exercises and movements have to take place. He describes what a recovery plan should look like.
He also talks what to do when health professionals talk about ‘plateau’, meaning recovery progress has stopped, its negative effects on the survivor and how to continue on the road of recovery. He states that progress can be made even up to a decade after the stroke.
He urges readers to read up on the latest stroke recovery research and also includes appropriate websites. The author also describes various treatment options, the benefits of clinical trials and gives specific exercise and strategies that can be incorporated at home. Another important step on the road of recovery is motivation, dedication, goal setting and keeping track of progress. Even the tiniest improvement should be celebrated.
The book also gives tips and suggestions for caregivers, talks about medications and their advantages and disadvantages, how to prevent another stroke and more.