Acupuncture for stroke recovery has garnered considerable attention recently. The movie, 9,000 Needles, documents one patient’s journey after his stroke. The subject of the movie travelled to China to receive acupuncture care at a stroke rehab facility specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies. Upon arrival he was unable to move his right leg. By the end of the next day, he had regained some movement.
Stroke rehab should always be done in conjunction with standard western protocol: physical therapy, etc.. Treatments should ideally be started within the first 90 days for maximum results. In addition to helping re-establish circulation and movement, patients report an increase in energy as a result of treatments.
Treatment frequency can vary depending on need but will usually start with at least two treatments per week for the first month.