Cerebral palsy and poor circulation

A person does not have to have cerebral palsy to struggle with poor circulation.
Introduction: Do you struggle with being cold? Do you struggle with poor circulation? A lot of people of all ages, races, struggle with poor circulation. What causes this issue? How to treat the problems and knowing the signs of circulation problems.
Poor circulation
What is poor circulation? What are the causes that create such problems? Issues like poor blood flow show no mercy, it does not discriminate from one person to the other. Usually it is caused from some underlying condition. If you were to google poor circulation you would read conditions like the obvious medical reasons such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues and arteries pertaining to the heart, vein problems, obesity. https://www.healthline.com/health/poor-circulation-symptoms-causes
However, you won’t see cerebral palsy listed. It is a fact the cerebral palsy is linked to poor blood flow. C.P. is a combination of a variety of disorders which effect a variety of different areas of the brain and the body.
How is it linked you ask? We have to go to our anatomy for the answer that question, but first, lets look at signs and symptoms one may encounter. You may notice your arms and legs are cold (mine are always chilled to the bone and when I get cold it takes me forever to warm up). Other things you may experience are tingling, spasms, cramping, throbbing sensations, pain, and possibly feels numb. https://www.healthline.com/health/poor-circulation-symptoms-causes
Everyone experiences pain and other symptoms differently so do not get discouraged rather find what works for you.
Looking at anatomy we can see how poor circulation is linked with cerebral palsy. The body was created to cause blood to flow from one side to the other, when a diagnosis such as c.p. is discovered the possible nerve damage, tissue damage and brain damage can effect the communication in this process from working as effective as it was created to. Yes, the damage can interfere with the body’s way of functioning.
Constriction of oxygen flow through the body due to damage either before, during or after birth can cause abnormal blood flow, resulting, in poor circulation in a person or child with cerebral palsy. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/cerebral-palsy

Variety of steps can aide in helping the problem
There are a variety of steps or action that one can take to correct or help with poor circulation. As much as we may not want to admit it exercise is one of the best things we living with c.p. can do. Keeping our bodies moving helps in a variety of ways from helping blood circulation to aiding in getting our muscles, tendons, joints loosened up which helps us in our mobility. Exercise is one way we can help with poor blood flow. If we can exercise and get our blood pumping as the saying goes it aides in moving the flow and aides in circulation. Other steps such as wearing orthopedic socks, warm bathes or showers even certain vitamins, (such as tumeric), can help assist with the cycle of aiding blood flow as it was meant to be. By removing restrictions and obstacles by being active in the solution we will have success in helping with the problems of circulation. https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/orthopedic-health/
Conclusion
Poor circulation is something a lot of people deal with disabled or not. I know personally I struggle with it and I do not like it so, my guess would be no one with c.p or not, likes dealing with the issue. When one is reading research on medical conditions the obvious and the most common conditions and diseases come up, however, cerebral palsy is not that popular and is not listed with a lot of the other medical conditions. I wanted to bring this up, because, it is linked along with the rest of the common medical conditions that cause poor blood flow through the body. It is fixable or treatable with various steps such as exercise, massages, bathes, compression socks, even natural vitamins and prescription medications to treat the condition.

Author: My cerebral palsy life

I became a writer in 2010, then I pursued an education in health care administration. Working to get a medical coding certificate to add to my professional titles. I and my husband have 2 adult children, 2 dogs. I was a single mother of two for 18 years. I have personal experience in health care as a cna, mental health and raising children with developmental disabilities. I am an advocate for the disabled as I was born with cerebral palsy and have learned to overcome challenges in life. My motto is life lessons are to be teachable, to educate, share our skills and learn to understand others that we encounter on life's journey.

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