Find out how a balance board from the gaming world successfully enters stroke rehabilitation

Isn’t everyone looking for balance in their lives? Whether we are talking about work-life balance, balancing many responsibilities at once, or literally, being able to stabilize as we walk, it is crucial.  And, a dysfunction in physical ability can increase the risk of falling. Many stroke patients experience balance problems, which is why training is…

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Is attention training the key to preventing memory issues after stroke?

After a stroke, many patients experience problems with their thinking and memory skills. As you can imagine, it makes common daily activities more difficult. It also increases the risk of other diseases later on. That’s why researchers set out to test what type of training could help patients regain these skills. Cerebral small vessel disease…

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Virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation: an update

If you’re a regular visitor to Strokemark, you already know something about virtual reality (VR). VR is the interactive video gaming technology that is showing considerable promise as a safe and relatively inexpensive approach to post-stroke arm, hand, and mind training. As is often the case with new technologies, things are moving fast in the…

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Can just thinking actually activate your muscles after stroke?

Have you ever pictured yourself performing a difficult task before you attempt it? You wouldn’t be alone. Creating and rehearsing experiences in your head is a common tactic for many, including high-profile athletes. This technique, known as mental imagery, is a well-established exercise in sports science. Elite athletes, from tennis legend Billie Jean King to…

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Combining magnetic stimulation with intensive training can help severe arm problems even in the chronic phase of stroke

We know intense muscle training of the upper body can improve muscle weakness after a stroke. However, this approach is limited to patients with mild-to-moderate stroke since severe stroke patients are typically unable to practice enough to regain movement. Understanding how intense training improves movement after stroke can help us develop therapies for severe stroke patients,…

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Can brain stimulation after stroke improve daily activities and arm function?

If you’ve been following Stokemark, you’ve come across Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation or tDCS. This is a form of noninvasive brain stimulation that makes use of low levels of constant current delivered directly into targeted areas of the brain. This technique has been found useful in neurological conditions like stroke. Most effective type of tDCS Although studies have…

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Be mindful of your movements – it may help your stroke recovery

Yoga teacher Jigar Gor once said that “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is about what you learn on the way down.” And these lessons may benefit stroke patients. A Chinese medical team looked at the available research and believes that patients can benefit from yoga, tai chi, and qigong. In particular, the…

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