Botox is more than just skin deep – find out how botox can help you improve spasticity after a stroke

For stroke patients, the idea of getting botox is probably the last thing on your mind. Recovery after a stroke usually focuses on exercises and training that can help strengthen your body again and improve function. When it comes to botox, most people think of cosmetics and anti-aging. But if you thought botox was just…

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Training arm movements in rehabilitation: does speed matter?

How slow should you go? Or how fast? That’s a question many patients have regarding arm and hand therapy tasks in rehab. In fact, there are no current standards for movement speed during this type of therapy. Fortunately, researchers have recently investigated this question. Their findings suggest that you should perform your arm and hand therapy…

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A woman recovers from sensory problems after a stroke – find out how!

Problems with sensation are common for stroke survivors. Up to 85% of stroke patients will suffer from some form of sensory impairment. It’s one thing to exercise weak muscles during recovery, but how can we help sensations heal? Right now, there isn’t a good strategy for the recovery of sensation impairments after a stroke. However,…

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Leg strength isn’t enough—practice your walking motion

Rehabilitation after a stroke is oftentimes more focused on improving leg strength rather than on walking motion. You may have felt that regaining leg strength was the most critical issue. However, a new study from South Africa shows that relearning walking motion is more important directly following a stroke. In places with limited medical experience…

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A single session in front of a mirror can change your brain

Mirror therapy (MT) is a rehabilitation technique that involves the use of a mirrored box to improve motor skills and persistent pain following stroke or injury. Studies show that mirror therapy can be helpful for one-sided upper extremity impairment and pain, although how it works is not entirely clear. Mirror therapy is usually implemented by…

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New exercise plan videos are a possibility for tech-savvy patients; some patients report good results

Does technology have a place in home rehab efforts? Many rehab facilities use computer games and simulations to help patients. However, no one has examined technology’s role after the patient goes home. Fortunately, two studies from Australia tackled this topic. And, their results were interesting. If you are comfortable with technology, you may benefit from receiving…

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Virtual reality games prove popular among stroke patients and therapists, laying the groundwork for video game-based therapies

If you are like most stroke patients who have to repeat the same exercise over and over, you have probably wished for an easier way. You know that those exercises help you heal, but they are so boring! Fortunately, a team from Canada is studying how to make post-stroke recovery more fun. They just completed…

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Stroke researchers made important advances in 2017: new findings about stroke recovery and stroke prevention

2017 was a productive year for stroke research. Medical researchers learned a lot about brain recovery and stroke rehabilitation. The Strokemark team wanted to bring these new stroke recovery and stroke prevention findings to you. We have already reported on many of these findings in detail, but offer you an overview here. We believe that…

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