Category: Illness or disabilities
Introduction and description
Paralysis is loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor. Paralysis is most often caused by damage in the nervous system, especially the spinal cord.
About 1 in 50 people have been diagnosed with some form of paralysis, transient or permanent. The word comes from the Greek παράλυσις, "disabling of the nerves", itself from παρά (para), "beside, by" and λύσις (lysis), "loosing" and that from λύω (luō), "to loose". A paralysis accompanied by involuntary tremors is usually called "palsy".
We have two entries which examine paralysis in more detail going into the causes effects and helpful healing suggestions.
- Paralysis, amputation and nerve system damage - will be of interest if you are suffering from problems due to phantom limbs. Here the description goes into the causes of phantom limbs in more detail and some possible healing approaches
- Nervous system disease - the section on nervous system diseases examines the causes and effects of damage to the nerves in general and again suggests possible healing approaches