Kinect and Xbox in stroke rehabilitation: games without frontiers

If you’re a regular visitor to strokemark.com, you’ll know we’re big fans of virtual reality (VR). And not just for the escapism. VR is increasingly being used in clinics, where specialized devices can support patients in their post-stroke arm/hand recovery. While this approach is effective, specialized equipment can be costly. Sometimes the costs are prohibitive…

Music isn’t just for the soul – find out how songs may help you with your stroke rehabilitation

It turns out that tuning in with your musical side might be the newest way to improve memory after a stroke. Who knew creativity could be so practical? Science has shown that singing new songs might be easier to learn and remember compared to spoken words. So Finnish researchers decided to investigate whether songs could…

Serious gaming, serious benefits: video games in post-stroke recovery

There are many different approaches to learning. While some people prefer a more studious method, there is no denying that it’s easier to learn while you’re having fun. Think back to your childhood. Some of your most memorable learning experiences probably didn’t feel like learning at all. This concept is known as ‘implicit learning’. Our…

When it comes to stroke recovery, it could pay to involve both sides of the brain

As you progress in your post-stroke rehabilitation, you’ll realize that some things aren’t quite as they used to be. And while the experience is different for every patient, the underlying cause is the same. Post-stroke disability results from damage to the region of the brain that controls motor function. With this basic principle in mind,…

How rhythm can re-energize your post-stroke exercise regimen and improve your arm and hand function

Scientists believe timing is essential to the brain’s ability to plan, organize, and execute a movement in response to a stimulus. Interactive Metronome (IM) is a form of rhythm-based rehabilitation. It stems from the theory that exercise relies on an inner sense of timing controlled by the brain. When performing tasks using hands and feet…