New study shows that less is more – focus on one thing at a time to optimize your aphasia therapy

A lot of human communication is non-verbal. People communicate with facial expressions, like a smile or an arched eyebrow. People point, sign, and gesture to enhance and enliven what they are saying. To most of us, it seems natural that aphasia patients can benefit from a mix of speech and gesture in their therapy. But…

Researchers might have just figured out the reason for the discomfort in your hands and fingers

Stroke can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms in your hands and fingers. These can include numbness, tingling, pain, and stiffness. Many doctors and patients have noticed that while other impairments typically improve with rehabilitation, these complaints tend to become worse over time. But why? Researchers from Turkey were determined to figure out the…

Stimulation of an important nerve could improve your recovery – find out how it can be done without surgery

Medical experts have proven that our brains are not static. They are capable of adapting and changing. This capacity of the brain, known as plasticity, plays a significant role in stroke rehabilitation, helping stroke patients recover and regain abilities that they once had. For years researchers have been looking for ways to improve it. One promising…

Can we predict the chance of a second stroke? Researchers think we can and these are the predictors

Strokes are scary. For many people, they come without warning. If you have had stroke or mini-stroke, it’s understandable that you’re afraid it will happen again. Because you might not know why you had the first one, you want to understand at least how to prevent another one. What can you do to decrease the…

Stimulating the brain right after stroke – we now know better how to do it

A powerful brain-stimulating technology called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) might be able to help stroke patients soon after a stroke. This treatment already helps stroke patients with movement disorders in the later phases of rehabilitation (the chronic phase). But recent research from Japan indicates that rTMS also helps immediately after a stroke (the acute…