Constraining movement after stroke – challenge your muscles and improve your walking

“It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference” according to motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. This point is important for stroke patients because most impact measurements focus on impairment, not potential. But recent research out of California shows that chronic phase stroke patients can use more and different movements than current…

Virtual reality – how technology combines cognitive and motor training to optimize stroke rehabilitation

Physical disabilities after a stroke get a lot of attention. But lurking behind these obvious deficits are the negative effects of stroke on your brain. It turns out that training your brain after a stroke can help in regaining physical function. By improving your ability to think, you can improve your ability to learn and…

Using watch-like devices to record your movements – how tracking turns everyday activities into stroke training opportunities!

If you’ve recently suffered a stroke, you know how important it is to stay active. Anyone who has some problems with their arm function needs to exercise more. The only way to improve is to train. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Training an arm impairment can be downright discouraging at times. And the only…

Up a river without a paddle in your rehabilitation? Then virtual canoeing might be for you

Rehab is something you have to do, but it can be a chore sometimes. Why not make it a little more entertaining with some video games. The use of virtual reality which combines video games with exercises is an up and coming therapy in stroke.  It gives patients visual feedback as they train. Hence, speeding…