Mood-boosting mint and herb mix helps stroke patients fight depression

Depression is one of the greatest challenges you might face in recovering from a stroke. In fact, over 31% of stroke patients experience chronic symptoms including lack of interest or energy, feelings of sadness, guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, and poor concentration or difficulty in making decisions. Needless to say, these can…

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You should get at least 45 minutes a day of stroke rehab, and here’s why you may not be getting that

If you’ve suffered a stroke in the last six months, it’s probably fair to say that rehab has become a dominant feature in your life. There is a reason for this. With rehab, you get out what you put in. And with clinical guidelines supporting this ‘more is more’ approach, there shouldn’t be any reason…

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What’s shakin’? Different positions can affect your whole body vibration workout after a stroke

Anyone who ever played sports will tell you that they would be rich if they had a nickel for every time someone told them to shake it out. It may be good advice in your later years as well. Whole body vibration (WBV) is an exercise technology that uses brief exposures to high-frequency vibrations to…

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Which type of magnetic stimulation frequency shows the most promise for post-stroke aphasia patients?

In the X-Men movies, super-villain Magneto can bend metal with his mind. It’s an entertaining but farfetched proposition. But magnetism is one of the most powerful forces in the natural world. And now there is a treatment that uses it. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a magnetism-based therapy that is currently being studied as…

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Finding health again after a stroke: how mind-body exercises can help

Health involves a relationship between the mind and body. That’s why many researchers have investigated the power of exercise practices that incorporate both. Traditional rehabilitation involves physical therapy or device-assisted therapy.  These types of treatment focus on the physical impairments that patients suffer after a stroke. But, what about looking to our friends in the…

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Ancient Chinese health-promoting exercise shows promise for stroke-induced symptoms

As we know from other Strokemark articles, sometimes a therapy designed for one thing can help as a therapy for something else. This is exactly the case when it comes to the ancient Chinese exercise of Baduanjin. This traditional health-promoting exercise was originally created to help soldiers recover from injuries in ancient China and prepare…

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It takes a team…getting the help you need with home-based stroke rehabilitation

The old African proverb tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. The more people involved to offer the child support, the better chances that child has to thrive. Canadian researchers have learned that this also applies to providing care to stroke patients in the form of community stroke rehabilitation teams. These…

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Which type of vision therapy after stroke is right for you?

After a stroke, some people might suffer from problems that affect their ability to see. Visual field defects impact the quality of life and interfere with the rehabilitation process. Interventions to correct these issues are essential to a successful recovery. But what types of vision therapy after stroke are available? Two such practices include prism…

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