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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Make good use of your downtime and get more out of your stroke rehab

We all can probably move a little more, get ourselves off the sofa and get active. But just how much inactive time do we have a day, and could we be doing something else in that time? These questions are particularly relevant for patients recovering from a stroke. A well-structured rehabilitation program is essential to…

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Pelvic floor muscle training after stroke offers some hope

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, urinating more frequently throughout the day, and a persistent need to urinate are all very common in patients following stroke. LUTS can be bothersome and negatively impact your overall quality of life. It’s not abnormal for many to…

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This is what you should do to maximize power in your affected leg after a stroke

After a stroke, many patients experience paralysis on one side of the body. As a result, these patients commonly have trouble maintaining a regular walking pattern. However, researchers have recently discovered that this pattern can be improved by changing your posture while training. This finding supports something referred to as the learned non-use phenomenon. What is…

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These are the most promising treatments to promote brain repair after stroke

As you would probably expect, your brain heals much differently than any other part of your body. Following an injury, it will spontaneously begin recovering for several weeks or even years when speech or cognition are affected. This unique form of healing allows the brain to reorganize and build new connections over time. By studying the…

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Just a light touch is enough to stand strong after stroke

Post-stroke patients are often at risk of falling and rely on the support of caregivers and therapists. Many caregivers worry that in offering this physical support, they also put themselves at risk of injury. However, new research has found that perhaps only a light touch is needed. This is enough to help a stroke patient…

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Exercise plus brain stimulation — the winning combination for stroke recovery!

‘Stroke changes lives’ is a simple thing to say, but the real meaning is not so easy to comprehend. What is clear, however, is that a large proportion of stroke patients (more than 60%) experience some form of ongoing impairment in the nervous system. This damage can cause long-term disability and affect daily living. And…

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How can you reduce the risk of falling after a stroke?

Falls are common following a stroke. They can have serious consequences both physically and psychologically. Physically, they can lead to injuries such as fractures. Emotionally, they can lead to fears, which can lead to decreased physical activity and social isolation. The incidence of falls among stroke survivors and their potential consequences led a group of researchers…

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