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…

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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…

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These sensors improve your walking after a stroke – how feedback from your shoes can help you walk better

Many stroke survivors have problems walking that could potentially cause an eventual fall. Since regaining walking ability is paramount to recovery and quality of life, a lot of research focuses on improving it. Recently, scientists have developed a new technology that might help. It’s a sensor system that monitors your strides and communicates with you on…

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Shocking news (not really): electrical stimulation aids post-stroke therapy to improve leg function

After a stroke, you will likely need a bit of help getting some of your muscles to move properly. However, sometimes they need a little extra push to get them going. It turns out that electrical stimulation may be just the trick you need to help you regain muscular control. A recent review of existing…

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Researchers are developing an app for stroke patients with aphasia to increase talking time

Being able to participate in everyday conversation is a primary goal for many stroke patients with non-fluent aphasia. With non-fluent aphasia, you are able to understand everything easily. However, it can seem nearly impossible to get the right words to come out of your mouth. One way to measure your ability to participate in social…

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Regardless of your cognitive abilities, you may be able to improve your balance control after stroke

Feeling off-balanced? Following a stroke, this is pretty normal. A number of factors contribute to this, including any changes you might experience in your cognitive abilities which involve thinking or memory skills. Is there any way to regain a sense of balance control? In a new study, Nigerian researchers reported that there is. Patients—both those…

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