Paralysis is the loss of muscle function with or without loss or diminution of sensation. It is classified in many ways, depending on: the body part involved; the cause; the tone of the muscle – a paralysis can be described as flaccid or spastic; and the distribution, such as monoplegic (one limb) or hemiplegic (one side of the body).

Certain types of paralysis are sometimes called palsies .

A partial paralysis is known as paresis. There are, however, certain treatments and’ techniques that can be used for all those with paralysis.

Paralysis occurs because of damage to the nervous system. This can occur anywhere from the brain to the local nerves controlling the area or part paralysed. Paralysis may be of a digital limb or may affect the muscles of breathing in which case the damage is extremely serious and potentially fatal. Paralysis of a part of the body may be caused by a progressive disease and the cause must be found as soon as possible.

The orthodox medical world will point out that nerve damage is irreparable. This is true to a great extent although naturopathic techniques may encourage some repair and they work predominantly to encourage other nerves to take over the sending of instructions to muscles that has been lost by the damage to the original nerve. I consider the possibility of repairing a paralysed area as being similar to teaching a right-handed person to use their left hand. It requires another part of the nervous system to learn functions that it has not used, but there is a strong possibility that this may occur. A lot depends on the extent of the damage.

Identification of the cause of paralysis is paramount because it will help to decide which treatments are of benefit.

Establish good communication with a physiotherapist and use the techniques recommended as often as possible. It will make a big difference in most cases.

Ensure full support from ‘home services’. Take advantage of all household gadgets that can make life easier.

Ensure that clothes, footware, wheelchairs and other accessories are comfortable.

Try to find a practitioner of Marma massage or neurotherapy, which are physicotherapy techniques derived from Ayurvedic medicine.

If Marma or neurotherapy is not available then consider osteopathy, chiropractic, Polarity therapy, yoga or the Alexander technique. Any of these structural or energetic treatments may be of benefit.

Definitely utilize acupuncture.

Bioresonance techniques and healing hypnotherapy are useful.

Tibetan medicine encompasses bodywork, nutrition, acupuncture and herbal treatments and is probably the best all-round medical treatment if available. If not, an Ayurvedic or Chinese assessment is essential.

Herbal and homeopathic treatments may be of benefit. In traumatic paralysis Arnica potency 6 or 30, given every 15min may make a difference in the long term. A homeopath or herbalist would be required for more specific prescribing according to the symptoms.

Cranial osteopathy or craniosacral therapy should be tried for at least six to ten sessions because marked benefit may occur.

Please undertake some training in a meditative technique in association with counselling. Great benefit will be derived if an inner peace and understanding of what has happened can be reached. For those with a strong religious faith then time spent with your spititual advisor will also prove invaluable.