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…

Mirror therapy for stroke patients to improve balance and walking – does it work?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… Okay, let’s get that mirror off the wall if we want to help stroke survivors regain muscle strength and control. Mirror therapy for stroke patients can help them improve their walking. Mirror therapy is a technique that we know works in helping patients regain arm function by having them reflect…

3 ways that using an activity monitor in the hospital can help after stroke

Physical activity is extremely important after a stroke. It helps reduce the risk of having another stroke and enables you to improve your daily function. However, encouraging stroke patients to be more active can be difficult, especially when they are still in the hospital. That’s why researchers from Japan wanted to explore a way to get stroke…

The 10 Golden Rules for maximizing stroke recovery

The long and arduous process of rehabilitation begins immediately after a stroke. But where should you get started and what are the most important things for you to know? We have tried to make answering these questions a little easier for you. Filtering through the most recent scientific discoveries and busting through the many misconceptions…

The 2 best ways to improve your swallowing

Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) can hinder many functions that people once took for granted. Things like eating can become difficult or nearly impossible. Patients report a feeling of food stuck in the throat. Several conditions can lead to dysphagia, and stroke is one of them. Techniques to improve swallowing Usually, stroke-related dysphagia management uses a…

Virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation: it’s more than just a game

According to a group of researchers based in Italy, virtual reality (VR) can offer real-world benefits when it comes to stroke rehabilitation. These researchers reviewed 15 scientific studies and concluded that using virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation can lead to better outcomes in walking speed, balance, and mobility than just stand-alone conventional therapy. While further…