Stroke / Neurological
Michael Woodworth has spent years training in the specialty of stroke and neurological treatments. As listed in his C.V. he has trained with several of the most prominent Stroke and Neurological specialists from China who have shaped the field itself. To this day he continues to learn from the most prominent professionals in Chinese Medicine.
Occurrences of Stroke, Cerebral Dysfunction, and Neurological diseases are on the rise. All of these disorders can benefit far beyond typical expectations by combining Western Medicine with the Modern Application of Traditional Eastern Medicines. Makari Wellness offers Integrated Treatments for faster and more complete recovery while working alongside your Western therapists to get you back to life or slow the progression of chronic debilitating disorders.
With the average life expectancy on an American reaching approximately 79 years of age we witnessing higher incidents of neurological and cerebral disorders such as stroke, TIA, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Acupuncture has been shown to be able to stimulate blood flow and hasten the development of neural plasticity. Modern medical institutions in China combine Traditional medicine’s use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs with physical therapy to achieve outstanding results in recovery and return to life. The modern West has much to learn from the integrative approach of Modern China and other Asian countries utilizing both sides of medicine and having superior results.
We at Makari Wellness combine the most effective approaches of Stroke and Neurological Disease treatment to provide the most effective treatments possible to our clients. Combining ancient wisdom with modern methods will give our patients and their loved ones the best possible outcomes.
The link below is of the Movie 9,000 Needles which demonstrates how the Xiao Nao Kai Qiao acupuncture system is used in China to improve rehabilitation. Click here to watch the video.
Xiao Nao Kai Qiao
The renowned First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University, founded by Dr. Shi Xue Min, known as the ‘Father of Acupuncture’, is leading the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients in China. As a result of nearly 40 years working with stroke patients, Dr. Shi has developed an acupuncture diagnostic and treatment system called Xing Nao Kai Qiao, which is central to the hospital’s approach to treating stroke patients. The hospital treats 10,000 stroke patients each day.
Stroke patients receiving care at the Tianjin Hospital Program have better outcomes than patients treated with standard post-stroke care in the U.S. The report highlights that 85 percent of Tianjin patients are able to walk without assistance, compared with 51 percent of patients completing rehabilitation in the U.S. Following treatment in Tianjin, 98 percent of patients return to live in their homes instead of long-term care facilities while only 68 percent of U.S. stroke patients are able to live in their own homes. Tianjin Hospital patients also see decreases in blood pressure and cholesterol which are causes of stroke, reaping secondary benefits of this approach. Tianjin’s acupuncture treatment program has resulted in exceptional improvements for stroke patients and some are even cured of ischemic stroke disorders often considered incurable with ‘conventional’ Western medicine. These include speech dysphagia and aphasia, hemiparesis, body and facial paralysis, spasticity, comas, and vegetative states. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Neurological –
Since 1992; stimulating areas of the scalp – which lie over hyperfunctioning, atrophied, or injured brain tissue – will increase blood flow, oxygenation and lead to improved function of brain tissues. Scalp Acupuncture has been practiced since the 1960’s in China. It was first developed by a Neurologist who was familiar with modern maps of the brain, which correlate with receptive and functional cortex zones that are well documented. This has been shown to be correct with functional MRI studies. Improvement at first is temporary but with persistent treatments, this improvement can become permanent. Long-lasting improvement is thought to represent increased circulation that may imply the development of collateral circulation and perhaps neurogenesis.
In China scalp acupuncture is used in the treatment of many central nervous system diseases and protocols have been developed for diseases such as stroke, head trauma, cerebral palsy, encephalitis-meningitis sequale, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, memory loss, cortical blindness, nerve deafness, and epilepsy.
Integration with Physical Therapy and Neurological Plasticity Training
After blood circulation to the brain and the neuroplasticity has been stimulated by special acupuncture techniques, each patient must perform therapeutic exercises to train the brain and the bodies function to recover. This is a necessary part of treatment and at Makari Wellness we have extensive training in stability progressions and specialized exercises for certain symptoms and parts of the body. Our years of expertise in treating orthopedic conditions make up especially capable of assisting with pain, mobility stability and strengthening following the neuro-activation portion of treatment.