Stroke Specialist

The Brain Center

Lars Landers, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., D.I.B.E.


Each year, about 795,000 Americans have a stroke, some of whom experience lifelong disabilities as a result. At The Brain Center in Southborough, Massachusetts, board-certified chiropractic clinical neurologist Lars Landers, DC, DIBCN, DIBE, specializes in treating survivors of stroke. If you or a loved one has had a stroke, call or book an appointment online today.

Stroke Q&A

What is a stroke?

A stroke is when your brain cells become damaged and begin to die because blood flow to your brain is reduced or interrupted. Without adequate blood flow, your brain doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. 

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate care. Early treatment reduces the risk of brain damage and other complications, including paralysis.

What are the types of stroke?

The team at The Brain Center treats survivors of all types of stroke, including:

Ischemic stroke

About 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes, which happen when an artery that supplies blood to your brain gets blocked. Blood clots are common causes of ischemic strokes. 

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an artery in your brain ruptures or leaks blood. This puts pressure on your brain cells and damages them. High blood pressure and aneurysms are common conditions that can lead to a hemorrhagic stroke. 

Transient ischemic attack

Sometimes called a mini-stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) blocks blood flow to the brain for only a short time. A TIA usually lasts for less than five minutes, but this condition is often a warning sign of a future stroke. Just like a major stroke, a TIA requires emergency care. 

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Knowing how to identify the signs and symptoms of a stroke may help save a life. Stroke symptoms come on suddenly and include:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Confusion and difficulty speaking
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or difficulty walking

Fast action can help stroke patients get the treatments they need. If you feel that you are experiencing a stroke, please seek emergency care immediately. Every minute counts! 

What is the recovery like after a stroke?

Recovery after a stroke is different for everyone. Some people make a full recovery, while others have long-term disabilities. The experts at The Brain Center specialize in helping stroke survivors restore as much brain function as possible. 

They develop individualized treatment plans that challenge the brain to repair itself using the principles of neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s capacity to form new neural pathways. Neuroplasticity helps your brain adapt to and compensate for damage from a stroke.  

Depending on your specific needs, your treatment plan may focus on:

  • Body movement changes
  • Balance and coordination changes
  • Ability to interpret sensory information (touch, smell, taste, etc.) 
  • Cognitive and memory changes

If you continue to suffer from stroke complications, a less-conservative approach, such as medication, may be necessary. 

To learn how to challenge your brain to repair itself after a stroke, call The Brain Center, or book an appointment online today.