Botox may be the key to reducing pain after stroke

With so many things in life, proportion and moderation are the keys to happiness. A drink with coworkers at happy hour can be pleasant and social. But overindulging may lead to awkward situations. The same principle of moderation applies when we are talking about specific stroke treatments. Even deadly poisons like Botulinum toxins can be…

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New hope for stroke survivors with sleep problems

Everyone wants to get a full night of restful sleep, but that isn’t always easy for stroke survivors.  Almost two-thirds of stroke patients suffer from poor sleep. Sleep problems are more than annoyances for stroke patients. They may increase the risk of another stroke. The typical treatment of sleep problems includes the use of medication.…

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Mirror therapy to improve leg function and walking after stroke: a review of the evidence

It’s strange to think about, but you’ve never actually seen yourself. When you look in the mirror, you are viewing merely a reflection of what you actually look like. The image is inverted, left becoming right and right becoming left. In the mid-90s, scientists studying ‘phantom pain’ wondered if they could use the image reversal…

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Let games tell you how you’re doing after stroke – why virtual reality can help you recover swallowing function

Games are more than just fun for stroke patients. They can help a stroke patient recover, even from difficulties swallowing. These difficulties have a huge impact on quality of life. Many stroke patients can’t feel their own throat like they used to, and it’s a common issue that prevents proper swallowing. Being unable to swallow…

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Another study that tells us the same story: don’t forget your strength training after a stroke!

Everyone knows exercise is good for you. But figuring out which exercises to do and how often to do them is a whole different story. Should you focus on lifting weights or try your hand at Pilates? As it turns out, not all exercise is equal. In fact, aerobic training impacts an entirely different type…

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