Train your brain after a stroke by seeing what’s going on inside – it also works in the chronic phase

What would you think if we told you that by getting a look at your brain activity can help you get better? It almost seems unbelievable, but it is true. By using readings from machines like an EEG (measures the electrical activity of the brain) or fMRI (images the blood flow of the brain), you…

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Pay attention! Find out how training your mind could boost your physical recovery after stroke

We all know that stroke can affect both your mind and body. But, to what extent are the two connected? Damage done to a shared pathway might cause drastic effects that may seem unrelated at first. For example, neglect is actually due to attention problems that cause problems with movement. International researchers found new evidence that…

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Music to my ears – sounds improve cognition and maximize independence after a stroke

After a stroke, independence becomes a huge priority for most patients. The disabilities that may result after a stroke often limit a person’s daily functions. That’s why rehab focuses so much on preserving a stroke patient’s function and independence. Being able to perform daily tasks and enjoy simple activities has a huge impact on quality…

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Moving beyond medication — brain stimulation to treat post-stroke depression

Post-stroke depression (PSD) is a serious complication that can undercut a patient’s rehab progress and quality of life. Doctors often prescribe anti-depressants to treat it, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs like Prozac and Paxil are popular, but not always effective. They also have possible side effects that can be dangerous for stroke survivors.…

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How the medicine of ancient China might treat stroke – using acupuncture to help shoulder pain

Acupuncture is an age-old medicine that uses needles to treat diseases and injuries. Many people use it to treat pain. Recently, scientists wondered if this ancient medicine could also be used for stroke rehabilitation. Could this traditional therapy really help patients with their recovery? Acupuncture in addition to modern stroke therapies The Chinese have been using…

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Good vibrations for your sole – how vibrations can help you recover balance after a stroke

Many people with stroke end up with balance problems that get in the way of their quality of life. It’s a common cause of disability for stroke patients. When you have problems balancing, you are at risk for falls, which can sometimes be fatal. These disabilities make it hard for you to take care of…

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Go ballistic: high-intensity training in post-stroke recovery

You can be forgiven for being a little overwhelmed when it comes to stroke recovery. Not only are you dealing with a whole new way of interacting with the world around you, you’re faced with so many options that promise to help you get where you want to go faster than ever before. But should…

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Getting the balance right: could brain stimulation hold the key to recovery in post-stroke balance conditions?

Imagine losing your sense of balance. Suddenly, everything is off. You might struggle with your ability to complete daily tasks or with your confidence to go out into the world alone. Many stroke survivors have to deal with this issue. Balance is a huge part of stroke recovery. However, as important as it is, there is…

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