Stretching and twisting your muscles may improve your recovery

It’s a bit like a massage, but it’s stroke recovery therapy. Mobilization and stimulation of neuromuscular tissue (MASONT) is a hands-on technique that takes advantage of sensory feedback. This treatment requires no specialized tools, so it offers savings of time and money. It is not a painful procedure, and you may even find it a…

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Play your way to better health – virtual gaming to improve hemiparesis

If you are suffering the effects of hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body) caused by stroke, you could benefit from the FEATHERS computer gaming system.  This online gaming system allows patients to practice using both hands at the same time. The software consists of two applications. FEATHERS Motion synchronizes the controller and cursor…

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Be aware of over-focusing when doing two things at a time

Post-stroke patients usually want to guide their movements consciously. However, the process of multitasking may lead to jerky moves and less than perfect performance. If you need to think about your physical actions, you may benefit from doing only one task at a time. Try to concentrate on your walking. But, if you must think…

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Botox can improve your foot position and foot function

Following a stroke, many people find themselves with a condition called spastic equinovarus foot (SEVF), where feet are contorted into an improper position. This painful condition can make walking or standing difficult. SEVF is caused by spasticity or constant tension in certain leg muscles. A new study from Turkey shows that Botox treatment may help…

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Prism adaptation treatment is promising for improving neglect after a stroke, but is it for everyone?

Strokes affecting the right side of the brain are well-known to cause a cluster of symptoms collectively known as spatial neglect. If you have spatial neglect, you may be inattentive or utterly unaware of objects, stimuli, and even people on the left side of your body. This condition can be inherently frustrating. And, it can…

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‘Visualizing’ depression before it takes hold could lessen the emotional burden of stroke

Learning to come to terms with the physical changes that can characterize a post-stroke life requires a lot of attention. Therefore, it can be easy to ignore the emotional burden that comes with the condition. But with disorders such as depressed mood (which if left unchecked can develop into major depressive disorder (MDD) being a…

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Let’s talk about core! How working on your trunk stability might help you after a stroke

Having trunk stability has a lot to do with being able to walk. A strong core holds the rest of your body together, allowing balance as you move. It would seem like a no-brainer then that trunk exercises should theoretically help stroke patients recover their walking abilities. But whether or not this is true has…

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