Aerobic exercise after stroke – why training your heart is a good idea

Typically, after a stroke, rehabilitation focuses on regaining function. And when you get sent home, you’re given a handful of exercises that you can try on your own. And that’s great, but many stroke survivors struggle with actually doing them. And most likely, these exercises focus on motor function. There are two problems with this.…

Looking to improve your arm and hand function after a stroke? We might have the answer

Many patients express wanting to improve their arm and hand function after a stroke. But a lot of them have trouble increasing the strength on their affected side or knowing even how to begin. That got us thinking about how we can help patients regain control of their movements. Finding a solution has kept the…

A follow-up: Two years of Botox and Dysport treatments for spasticity– how Rick is doing now!

Two years ago, Rick started Botox and Dysport treatments to help with his stroke recovery. We reported on his experience with starting the, then, very new therapy in stroke rehabilitation. In fact, this therapy wasn’t even available in 2010 when he had his stroke. Therefore, when he discussed this with his doctor in 2016, it…

Improving the lives of stroke survivors one step at a time

Strokemark has been improving lives of stroke survivors step by step. For stroke survivors like Dr. Hecht or Mrs. Busse, their stroke came suddenly and changed everything. Dr. Hecht, a psychologist, went from treating patients to being one. Mrs. Busse and her husband had active lives one day and felt they lost their social contacts…

Social networks support your stroke recovery

There is no one size fits all method to stroke rehabilitation. Your recovery depends on different factors like how much you exercise, how intensely you train, your nutrition, and genetics. But is there more to the equation? A group of researchers thought there was and so they looked into the influence that a social network…

Getting a grip on strength training could put you on the path to cognitive recovery

In the world of stroke recovery, we’re learning more and more that everything is connected. And sometimes, it’s these connections that provide us with surprising new avenues for rehabilitation. Take reduced hand strength and walking speed, for example. These are negative predictors for general health and cognitive ability in the elderly. But can training these elements…

Yes, you can do this after a stroke!

You’re determined to get your life back after a stroke. You’re going to your therapy sessions, you’re putting in the time on the treadmill, and you’re performing strength exercises. Yes, you feel stronger, but your walking just hasn’t improved to a level you’ve hoped. So, what’s missing? Ballistic training might be the answer. Ballistic training…