Don’t forget the caregiver – why caregivers of stroke survivors need some TLC too

When a stroke survivor comes home from the hospital, everyone’s focused on helping him get better. But, behind the scenes of all the rehabilitation, the caregiver suffers too. Suddenly, caregivers now have to take over many of the tasks that the stroke survivor can no longer do and make sure that their loved one is…

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Does the first medically approved exoskeleton really help in stroke rehabilitation?

There is a growing effort to improve gait rehabilitation for stroke patients by using advanced technical devices. Interestingly, some technological advances are actually inspired by nature. Exoskeletons are well-known in the animal kingdom. Lobsters, crabs, and some spiders have these external skeletal systems as their support. It turns out that a new robotic device mimics this type…

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Ever wondered what genetics has to do with stroke? Ask our Strokemark expert

We are delighted to inform you that we will be holding our very first Ask-Me-Anything event. The central theme is going to be genetics, epigenetics, and stroke. Did you ever ponder questions such as “Is a stroke genetic”? “Do lifestyle factors influence risk for stroke”? “How much control do I actually have over my recovery”?…

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Regaining balance after a stroke takes practice: getting biofeedback may help

Many Strokemark articles report on the benefits of biofeedback and this one does too. Recently, a Polish researcher discovered that using multiple forms of biofeedback can help patients improve their balance. And since balance is vital to health and safety, this is a significant development. Giving patients both audio and visual feedback enhanced standard rehabilitation…

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The benefit of combining Botox therapy with intensive rehabilitation after a stroke

It seems like Botox can do more for you than save you from some wrinkles. Did you know that Botox can help you with your stroke rehabilitation? One of the most important aspects of improving your walking ability and overall independence is treating any leg or foot spasticity that you may have due to stroke.…

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It does not feel like treatment, but video games can help your stroke recovery

Recently, studies have shown that video games might provide more than just fun and entertainment. Israeli researchers decided to look at how video games might help patients suffering from the chronic aftereffects of a stroke. Israeli researchers investigated a new twist to occupational therapy by looking at a community-based video game group intervention. So why…

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Mirror movements: don’t let your body trick you into slowing your stroke recovery!

Getting things back to normal following stroke takes time and energy. So, it’s understandable if your attention wanes a little from time to time. But these lapses in concentration could be more of a limiting factor to your rehabilitation than you realize. A new study suggests that they might increase the likelihood of ‘mirror movements’.…

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Combining therapies – it worked for one stroke patient, even years after the stroke!

Most of the time, recovery years after a stroke is rare. The prognosis at that point is poor, and most people accept that their deficits are permanent. One man, however, was able to achieve the unthinkable. He was able to improve his function and activity despite suffering severe weakness in half his body. How did…

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