Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Stroke Recovery, What Now, When Physical Therapy Ends, But Your Recovery Continues


Dear Readers:

Dr. Mel and her mother having fun.
As Christmas approaches, we are all in a tizzy and sometimes we get overwhelmed. I try my best not to over extended myself. I know it easier said than done. Between my daughters, grandchildren, sisters, my mother who is 86 and battling cancer, and my husband, who is not only sick, but also his cat also bit him on the arm and it is infected. Wow! Then, I realize how fortunate I am to have my family; others don't. I have several clients who are battling cancer, recently buried their father or one of their children, one who was in a severe car wreck recovering with two broken legs and a broken arm and one with a husband trying to recover from a stroke. Yikes. When things like these happen, we often struggle to help those in need. Where do you begin?
 
I may not have the answer for all of these situations, but I do have a suggestion for your loved ones who have suffered from a stroke and their caregiver. Tracy L. Markley, author of "Stroke Recovery, What Now, When Physical Therapy Ends, But Your Recovery Continues," offers sound advice that is practical.
 
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Stroke Recovery What Now?: When Physical Therapy Ends, But Your Recovery Continues

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In “Stroke Recovery; What Now?” Tracy brings as much knowledge and experience as she can, hoping to help survivors continue with their personal stroke recovery. She teaches about the biomechanics of the body’s movements based on science. Tracy has helped several survivors achieve continued success in their stroke recovery. In “Stroke Recovery; What Now?” Tracy’s desire is to bring understanding to why specific muscles must be strengthened before other movements in the body can improve. Included in this book, are several important exercises for survivors and anyone who wants to become more stable when they stand and walk. There are also descriptions of why each exercise works. Tracy shares tips to improve a drop foot, spasticity, muscle strength, balance, communication, spatial awareness, cognitive skills, brain care and more. Tracy asked more than one hundred survivors about the struggles and challenges they faced when they were left on their own to continue their recovery. She was surprised by many of the tough challenges some faced, and she was determined to include all concerns in this book. There is no time frame on stroke recovery. Learning ways to help your brain build new pathways and helping your body move correctly more will assist you toward further recovery.
 
 
 

Tracy L. Markley

Stroke Recovery, What Now, When Physical Therapy Ends, But Your Recovery Continues
 

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in Long Beach, California. I have been working and studying in the fitness industry for more than two decades. I am the owner of Tracy’s Personal training, Pilates and Yoga Studio. I lived and had my studio in Huntington Beach, California, for over seventeen years before moving to Oregon and setting up my business there. I became an author two years ago, after experiencing a wonderful journey training a stroke survivor in recovery. He wanted his journey of healing shared. That was my first book, "The Stroke of an Artist, The Journey of A Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor." That book lead to my other books, as well as being asked to write a course "Stroke Recovery and Exercise" for the fitness industry CEC education. I am a certified Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Biomechanics Specialist, Pain Free Movement Specialist, BOSU® Master Trainer and more. I am on the Fitness Education Advisory Board with the Medfit Foundation and where I wrote the CEC Certification Course on Stroke Recovery and Exercise.
My work and books have been nationally recognized. I am also the author of the following books:

*The Stroke of and Artist: The Journey of a Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor

*Tipping Toward Balance: A Fitness Trainer’s Guide to Stability and Walking

*Stroke Recovery, What Now? When Physical Therapy Ends, But Your Recovery Continues
 


 
What inspired you to author this book?
I was inspired to write this book because I work with many stroke survivors, and I run a Facebook stroke recovery support group page with almost 3000 members. Seeing them share and ask questions to one another and many discussing how they therapy ended way too soon. After I wrote my first book, I was contacted by survivors and caregivers from all over the world asking me for help. So, I put together this book to help educate them on the anatomy and body movements and other help survivors are looking for with things such as balance, spasticity, pain, numbness, sensation loss, aphasia, standing, walking and more.

As working in the fitness industry for several years, I find that many professionals get one day or an online quick personal trainer certification and then call themselves a specialist in anything they want. They work with minimal knowledge, and this limits stroke survivors' recovery, and I find that very unfair and cruel. The physical therapist usually goes to school for four-plus years. There is no way someone can learn about the body enough to help someone stay safe and heal in stroke recovery by a one day or shorter program. It takes years of studies and advanced education and learning anatomy, fascia, joints, movements, and the brain.

It makes me very sad for those who had poor recovery care and/or very short care. I wanted to help.
 
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
 
I also was asked to write a CEC course on stroke recovery and exercise. I thought what a great way to get more professionals educated and available to help these survivors and caregivers with needs. Then I thought unless the professionals reach out on purpose to learn more, this still leaves limited help for survivors, so I took a lot that was in the course manual and rewrote it to survivors and caregivers to help them learn what they can. This helps them on their own and also helps them to find a professional with the knowledge and education to help them recover better, as they deserve.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
In this case, I am most influenced by the stroke survivors reaching out for help. I want to help. If I know something that can help them, I will share it.
 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
 
None just the time, and time away from walking my dog and personal things.
 
Tell your readers about your book.
 
In this book, I bring much knowledge and experience as I can, hoping to help survivors continue with their personal stroke recovery. I teach about the biomechanics of the body's movements based on science. I have helped several survivors achieve sustained success in recovery. I desire to bring understanding to why specific muscles muse and are strengthened before other movements in the body can improve.
Included in this book are several essential exercises for survivors and anyone who wants to become more stable when they stand and walk. There are also descriptions of why each exercise works.
I share tips to improve drop foot, spasticity, muscle strength, balance, communication, spatial awareness, cognitive skills, brain care, and more.

I asked more than a hundred survivors about their struggles and challenges they faced when they were left on their own to continue their recovery. I was surprised by many of the tough challenges some faced, and I was determined to include all concerns in this book. There is no time frame on stroke recovery. Learning ways to help your brain build new pathways, and improving your body move correctly will assist in further recovery.
 


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Helping survivors and writing my books.
 What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
In my genre, I am not sure I can set my self apart. My goal is to try to educate and help.
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