Buying a rehabilitation device online? Here is a summary of the quality and evidence out there

In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of rehabilitation devices that are available for sale online. It’s as easy as a click of a mouse and a valid credit card. Voila! You now have a fancy rehabilitation device on its way to your front doorstep. But how much do we know about these fancy…

Stabilizing your ankle early or later during rehab: does it matter?

Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are custom-made, supportive braces intended to control ankle position. They compensate for weakness and correct deformities. They are frequently used to improve walking after stroke, despite a lack of evidence regarding when to initiate the therapy. While many advocate an “earlier is better” mantra, clinical evidence has yet to substantiate this claim.…

Electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation: time to think again?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been around for a while. You’ve probably seen it on the home shopping networks or online. They are the battery-operated devices with the sticky pads that give ‘electric shocks’ to stimulate your muscles. Initially developed for pain relief, you might have dismissed TENS as little more than a passing…

The arms can give the legs a helping hand in the rehabilitation of walking

Have you ever tried moving your arms in a different pattern than your legs while walking? It’s not easy to do because of the inherent connection between the way arms and legs move. The coupling of limb movements is due to the complex wiring your nervous system uses to send signals from your brain to…

Experts just ruled out that treadmill is just as effective as simple walking exercise you can do anywhere for free

Walking is one of the most common difficulties that stroke survivors face. That’s why one of the main goals of rehabilitation is to improve it.  Treadmill training is widely used by specialists to help patients improve their walking. But, new research shows that it may be less helpful than we initially thought. How effective are…

A robot that can help in stroke recovery – is that really possible?

The best way to improve arm weakness after a stroke is to engage in repetitive movements with the affected arm. Studies show that more exercise leads to better results. Recovery of motor function correlates directly with a better quality of life and overall well-being in stroke survivors. Traditionally, patients work with a physical therapist to…

Less intense therapy over a longer period of time proves more effective in treating aphasia after stroke

Often people who experience left-hemisphere strokes become impaired in the ability to communicate and understand language; a condition termed aphasia. Regaining language skills requires extensive rehabilitation over a long time. Stroke patients and their caregivers know that therapy is the key to recovery. But they might not know what the best treatment strategy is. There…