A new hand and arm therapy shows promise for stroke patients

Many patients have trouble using a hand or arm after a stroke. A recent study suggests HABIT, a therapy approach developed at the Columbia University Teachers College Center for Cerebral Palsy, may be more effective than conventional rehabilitation therapies at helping you get both of your hands back in operation. Researchers need to conduct more studies,…

Acupuncture stimulates communication across the brain after stroke

Acupuncture is a staple of traditional Chinese medicine dating back more than 3000 years. Most commonly, the stimulating technique involves using thin needles to penetrate precise points on the skin. However many non-needle therapies including rubbing, heating, and suctioning exist. Over the years, acupuncture has been used to target and alleviate a broad spectrum of…

Magnetism and mirrors: novel therapy improves hand motion after stroke

People who experience a stroke often have difficulty performing routine arm and hand movements. Physical rehabilitation of the limbs includes multiple types of exercises and therapies. One kind is mirror therapy. This approach is a useful, low cost, and simple method to recover upper limb function. The patient moves the unaffected limb in a mirror,…