Is it safe to give massages to a stroke patient?

Dottiemac asked...

Is it safe to give massages to a stroke patient? He also has Alzheimer's and is a diabetic.

Expert Answer

James Castle, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem (affiliated with The University of Chicago) and an expert on strokes.

Yes, perfectly safe, and I encourage you to continue. Often times, stroke patients find this very soothing and helpful. It helps loosen up their tight muscles, and may even help wake up some of the sensory pathways.