Play your way to better health – virtual gaming to improve hemiparesis

If you are suffering the effects of hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body) caused by stroke, you could benefit from the FEATHERS computer gaming system.  This online gaming system allows patients to practice using both hands at the same time. The software consists of two applications. FEATHERS Motion synchronizes the controller and cursor…

Be aware of over-focusing when doing two things at a time

Post-stroke patients usually want to guide their movements consciously. However, the process of multitasking may lead to jerky moves and less than perfect performance. If you need to think about your physical actions, you may benefit from doing only one task at a time. Try to concentrate on your walking. But, if you must think…

Prism adaptation treatment is promising for improving neglect after a stroke, but is it for everyone?

Strokes affecting the right side of the brain are well-known to cause a cluster of symptoms collectively known as spatial neglect. If you have spatial neglect, you may be inattentive or utterly unaware of objects, stimuli, and even people on the left side of your body. This condition can be inherently frustrating. And, it can…

‘Visualizing’ depression before it takes hold could lessen the emotional burden of stroke

Learning to come to terms with the physical changes that can characterize a post-stroke life requires a lot of attention. Therefore, it can be easy to ignore the emotional burden that comes with the condition. But with disorders such as depressed mood (which if left unchecked can develop into major depressive disorder (MDD) being a…

Arm and hand function after stroke – can recovery be accelerated?

Disability of the arm and hand often persists after stroke, and this is very problematic in post-stroke recovery. Diminished arm and hand function after stroke impacts almost every task of daily living. There are task-oriented approaches designed to improve arm and hand function, but they do not always produce satisfying results. Researchers are still on…