Get the right start: read how feedback on your push-off can improve your gait after stroke

Stroke patients often have a disrupted walking pattern, walking asymmetrically and at a slower pace. In normal walking, several elements come into play. One factor is our strength as we push ourselves forward with our toes (also known as push-off). Stroke patients often suffer from reduced push-off strength, which contributes to the difficulties in walking and…

Want to improve your hand function? Train specific!

Arm and hand strength is essential in our day-to-day life. Without it or with a reduced capacity, simple things like opening a door, feeding ourselves, and even buttoning shirts can be challenging. This loss of strength happens to people who suffer from a stroke. About 50 percent of stroke patients experience upper extremity impairment. To determine…

Virtual reality in post-stroke rehabilitation: where is this technology taking us?

Post-stroke rehabilitation isn’t what it used to be. And before anyone gets nostalgic, we mean this in a positive way. It’s an evolving science, a discipline that shows a willingness to adopt new technologies (such as virtual reality [VR]) and techniques at both the acute and chronic stages of a stroke. All this while continuing…

Could magnetic pulses change the way you look at the world by improving neglect?

We’ve come a long way in our understanding of stroke-related conditions. But for all our breakthroughs, some conditions remain notoriously difficult to treat. One such disorder is visuospatial neglect (VSN). Affecting up to 80% of right-brain stroke sufferers, VSN commonly presents as an impaired awareness of the stroke-affected side of the body. This condition can manifest…