Chronic phase stroke recovery – one man’s journey 23 years after his stroke. Don’t believe the window of opportunity myth!

It is very well known that the extent and the time of stroke recovery are variable. However, there is a common misconception in stroke rehabilitation that there is a six-month window for recovery.  That’s because, within this time, most healing happens, aided by the body’s natural process. Beyond this time, it is harder to see…

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Combining two Eastern therapies can help stroke patients with spasticity

Are you one of the 40% of stroke patients experiencing pain and impaired movement due to spasticity or spasms?  While there are many rehabilitation options available for spasms, they can be costly. In fact, some therapies only produce temporary relief and cause additional adverse effects. Because of these limitations, researchers are continuously looking for new…

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Two ways to train your mind and optimize your stroke rehabilitation

The road to recovery after a stroke is often a slow and steady journey that requires determination and physical will. That’s why it might come as a surprise that a lot of rehabilitation can be achieved through non-physical methods. It turns out that techniques that use the mind, can actually train the body. Researchers from…

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Two ways that rhythm can help stroke survivors with their home rehab

Almost everyone agrees that listening to music can motivate us, change our mood, or even get us moving differently. There’s something about a rhythm that draws people in. That got us thinking. Could music or listening to a rhythm help stroke survivors with their rehab? And if so, what’s the best way to do this?…

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New evidence: citicoline, a simple over-the-counter food supplement, may improve focus and memory after a stroke.

Is it possible that a simple over-the-counter food supplement could help in stroke rehabilitation? Scientists are pretty sure of it. Citicoline is a brain health supplement that the body produces in small amounts on its own. But it is also available as a food supplement. This supplement promotes brain cell health and communication between these…

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Aerobic exercise after stroke – why training your heart is a good idea

Typically, after a stroke, rehabilitation focuses on regaining function. And when you get sent home, you’re given a handful of exercises that you can try on your own. And that’s great, but many stroke survivors struggle with actually doing them. And most likely, these exercises focus on motor function. There are two problems with this.…

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Looking to improve your arm and hand function after a stroke? We might have the answer

Many patients express wanting to improve their arm and hand function after a stroke. But a lot of them have trouble increasing the strength on their affected side or knowing even how to begin. That got us thinking about how we can help patients regain control of their movements. Finding a solution has kept the…

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A follow-up: Two years of Botox and Dysport treatments for spasticity– how Rick is doing now!

Two years ago, Rick started Botox and Dysport treatments to help with his stroke recovery. We reported on his experience with starting the, then, very new therapy in stroke rehabilitation. In fact, this therapy wasn’t even available in 2010 when he had his stroke. Therefore, when he discussed this with his doctor in 2016, it…

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