Hemiplegia can make it difficult for the body to follow brain signals. Living with a reduced muscle function, paralysis or spasticity can thus be frustrating, but it is possible to get the body to listen to signals.
The medical term hemiplegia describes the condition when one half of the body suffers from impaired muscle function, paralysis or even spasticity. The symptoms is usually caused by a injury or a disease in the brain half on the opposite side of the affected area of the body. In some cases, damage to the brain stem, spinal chord or peripheral nerve diseases can also lead to hemiplegia.
It is possible to get a hemiplegia at any time in life. For some the condition incurs during birth, but it is also possible to get it later in life. For example, as a result of a stroke or due to a CP injury. Depending on the extent of the injury, the muscle function may vary from some impairment to complete paralysis, or as we mentioned above, hemiplegia may express itself in spastic movements. The condition can affect, among other things, gross- and fine motor function. The movements can also be difficult to control and it can be difficult to perform certain everyday tasks.
How life is affected by hemiplegia is of course very individual. This may be due to everything from the extent and location of the damage, to the fact that the patients’ family and healthcare staff have the opportunity to provide adapted support and help, to the person’s own will to develop. Regardless of how extensive the problem is, hemiplegia always means that one half of the body has reduced ability to move, which can affect life in several everyday situations.
If hemiplegia affects one leg, it can for example be difficult for the person to walk or keep balance. In other cases, it may be an arm that is difficult to control, which can make it difficult for the person to dress or braid the hair. In addition to paralysis and impaired muscle function, hemiplegia can also express itself through spastic movement. As a result of the spasticity, the condition can be very painful.
Also read: Life with spasticity.
If the body has difficulty performing certain everday tasks, such as tying shoelaces, spreading a sandwich or playing with lego, one can feel some frustration. But it is possible to alleviate the symptoms of hemiplegia, no matter how extensive the muscle reduction, paralysis or spasticity.
Humans have a great ability to adapt to different situations. With the right help, it is possible to alleviate symptoms and, among other things, improve function, mobility and strength.
Our unique aid Mollii relieves a variety of symptoms that orginates from various neurological injuries and diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, stroke and MS.
Mollii is a suit consisting of a pair of trousers, a jacket and a detachable control unit which is used one hour every other day. The positive effects of stimulating the muscles with low frequency electric current is that you increase the ability to control your body and also contribute to higher quality of life.