New study shows that electrical stimulation changes the brain after stroke

Researchers from Germany and Australia teamed up to answer an important question. Does electrical stimulation of the brain after stroke change the brain itself? Transcranial direct current stimulation, known as tDCS, is a new non-invasive technique that activates nerve cells in the brain. Interest in the technology is high since it is inexpensive and easy…

Cycling news: cycling with maximal effort after stroke helps normalize gait

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic evaluated 18 stroke patients who developed partial paralysis of one lower limb. The researchers wanted to see if progressively more difficult cycling could improve the function of the affected leg. They did this by having the patients ride a unique bike that could measure how hard their legs were working.…

Aerobic exercise and movement therapy: could a truly combined approach be the key to recovery?

When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, learning can be everything. Whether you’re learning new movement therapy techniques or learning to do things the way you did before, it can be the key that unlocks the door to recovery. But it’s not just patients who are developing. As therapists work with patients, they too are gaining…

ADHD drugs in stroke: are they worth your attention?

Stroke-related conditions can present in many different ways. Some are immediately visible, while others such as those affecting attention and our perception of the world around us are less apparent. These less visible conditions are commonly linked to unilateral neglect. This disorder affects up to 80% of right-brain stroke sufferers. A standardized approach to therapy…

Mirror therapy versus movement limitation: what is better for your arm function recovery?

Physicians and scientists are continuously developing new techniques to help stroke patients recover lost motor function. New rehabilitation approaches give patients more options when it comes to recovery. However, the effectiveness of those strategies isn’t always apparent. A recent study looked at two relatively new methods and asked how effective they are in restoring function in…