Regaining balance after a stroke takes practice: getting biofeedback may help

Many Strokemark articles report on the benefits of biofeedback and this one does too. Recently, a Polish researcher discovered that using multiple forms of biofeedback can help patients improve their balance. And since balance is vital to health and safety, this is a significant development. Giving patients both audio and visual feedback enhanced standard rehabilitation…

The benefit of combining Botox therapy with intensive rehabilitation after a stroke

It seems like Botox can do more for you than save you from some wrinkles. Did you know that Botox can help you with your stroke rehabilitation? One of the most important aspects of improving your walking ability and overall independence is treating any leg or foot spasticity that you may have due to stroke.…

It does not feel like treatment, but video games can help your stroke recovery

Recently, studies have shown that video games might provide more than just fun and entertainment. Israeli researchers decided to look at how video games might help patients suffering from the chronic aftereffects of a stroke. Israeli researchers investigated a new twist to occupational therapy by looking at a community-based video game group intervention. So why…

Mirror movements: don’t let your body trick you into slowing your stroke recovery!

Getting things back to normal following stroke takes time and energy. So, it’s understandable if your attention wanes a little from time to time. But these lapses in concentration could be more of a limiting factor to your rehabilitation than you realize. A new study suggests that they might increase the likelihood of ‘mirror movements’.…

Combining therapies – it worked for one stroke patient, even years after the stroke!

Most of the time, recovery years after a stroke is rare. The prognosis at that point is poor, and most people accept that their deficits are permanent. One man, however, was able to achieve the unthinkable. He was able to improve his function and activity despite suffering severe weakness in half his body. How did…

Make good use of your downtime and get more out of your stroke rehab

We all can probably move a little more, get ourselves off the sofa and get active. But just how much inactive time do we have a day, and could we be doing something else in that time? These questions are particularly relevant for patients recovering from a stroke. A well-structured rehabilitation program is essential to…

This is what you should do to maximize power in your affected leg after a stroke

After a stroke, many patients experience paralysis on one side of the body. As a result, these patients commonly have trouble maintaining a regular walking pattern. However, researchers have recently discovered that this pattern can be improved by changing your posture while training. This finding supports something referred to as the learned non-use phenomenon. What is…

Just a light touch is enough to stand strong after stroke

Post-stroke patients are often at risk of falling and rely on the support of caregivers and therapists. Many caregivers worry that in offering this physical support, they also put themselves at risk of injury. However, new research has found that perhaps only a light touch is needed. This is enough to help a stroke patient…