Relaxation training: could slowing it down be the key to combating post-stroke anxiety?

With most literature focusing on the speed of recovery following stroke, it can sometimes feel like the pressure is on to get back to your normal life as quickly as possible. And while motivation is important, it is equally important to remember that we are all individuals and that increasing the pressure doesn’t necessarily lead…

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What does my child need after a stroke? Looking to meet the needs of pediatric patients and their families

Stroke survivors have an uphill battle ahead of them. Strokes can devastate patients with disability and health problems for the rest of their lives. Most of the time, we think of stroke happening to our grandparents and older friends. But stroke can sometimes affect children too. When it comes to a child stroke survivor, what…

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Using magnets to find your voice again after stroke – how treating both sides of the brain helped one man regain his speaking abilities

Imagine losing your ability to speak. Your communication skills reduced to one-word utterances. Imagine one day being able to hold a meaningful conversation and the next day hardly being able to say a word. This problem, known as aphasia, can happen after a stroke if the part of the brain that handles language is affected.…

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Trying to find the right time to treat aphasia after a stroke – early treatment is not necessarily better

Imagine wanting to say something, but your words just won’t come out or knowing someone is talking to you, but you can’t understand. These types of difficulties with speech production and language comprehension, known as aphasia, are common following a stroke. This condition is caused by an injury to the brain. Up to one-third of…

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How mindfulness can help you find the words again – one stroke patient’s journey

A hot topic in our world today is the importance of mindfulness and mental health. We usually think of these methods as helpful ways to prevent disease. But, what if it can help the sick too? A woman who couldn’t speak Catherine is 60-year-old, African-American woman had survived a left-hemisphere stroke 14 years ago that…

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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…

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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…

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