Commercial pilot grounded by a stroke: managed to fly again!

June 16, 2011, passengers board a commercial flight from Frankfurt Airport to JFK. The captain of the flight begins his announcement, “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking….” This is your typical international flight: passengers settle in, flight attendants prepare for take-off. But, we need to mention one very important detail. The…

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Stimulation of a nerve during movement practice improves motor function after stroke

Arm and hand weakness is common following stroke and affects more than 50% of stroke patients. This condition can adversely affect one’s quality of life and daily living. The traditional approach to treatment is through the use of upper-limb exercises based on ‘repetitive task-specific practice’ (RTP). This practice helps the patient progress towards a specific treatment goal while promoting…

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Self-management in stroke rehabilitation: take control of your recovery

In post-stroke recovery, it’s not uncommon to feel like that you’ve lost some of the control you once had in your life. Regaining this sense of independence, this confidence in your decisions (clinically measured as self-efficacy or outcome expectation) is one of the main goals of rehabilitation. The use of stroke self-management programs is one…

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Websites that show you exercises you can do after a stroke at home – for free!

Many Strokemark articles explain the importance of exercising as much as possible. Especially when you leave the hospital or rehabilitation center, you should take action and train at home. We’ve selected three websites for you that provide routines you can do at home for free. Team up with a partner who can join and assist…

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Kinect and Xbox in stroke rehabilitation: games without frontiers

If you’re a regular visitor to strokemark.com, you’ll know we’re big fans of virtual reality (VR). And not just for the escapism. VR is increasingly being used in clinics, where specialized devices can support patients in their post-stroke arm/hand recovery. While this approach is effective, specialized equipment can be costly. Sometimes the costs are prohibitive…

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