Supercharge your brain – brain stimulation for neglect

We’ve all heard of life hacks… people finding new, creative ways to improve their lives. Nowadays, people are also discovering brain hacks… new ways to stimulate brain activity! One “brain hack” recently got the attention of researchers from Belgium. It’s called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). It works by sending a constant, low-level direct electrical…

Robots used after stroke for hand recovery – looking at the ARMin system

Robots for hand recovery after stroke? Robots are hot right now. Big-name scientists such as Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking discuss the potential benefits and possible threats of artificial intelligence. Such discussion make it feel like super-intelligent robots are making their way into many aspects our lives. And now, thanks to a team of researchers…

Good news: you can heal the brain while toning and strengthening the body!

We all hear that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Here’s yet another argument why you should get active!  Cognitive impairments like poor decision making, lack of attention, decreased thinking speed and memory loss are prevalent after a stroke. More than 80% of stroke patients experience problems with cognition in addition to their physical…

Get the most out of your treadmill training – try long periods of low-intensity training

Treadmill exercise is one of the most effective ways to regain motor function after a stroke. Since training on a treadmill rewires damaged neural connections in the brain, it can help restore walking ability. In addition, this exercise reduces high blood pressure and plaque buildup in the arteries, thus improves blood flow to the brain.…

Just published: a case study of magnetic therapy and an amazing recovery 6 years after stroke

A recent case study revealed a potential new therapy to help chronic stroke patients regain arm or hand mobility. The therapy is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS uses magnetic pulses over a person’s head to change electrical activity deep inside the brain. This technology has been used to treat many psychiatric conditions such as depression.…