A peek into the future: how robotics can help you in your daily life

Can you imagine how challenging simple daily tasks become with just the strength of one arm or hand? Suddenly things like dressing or eating become difficult. But that’s what many stroke patients struggle with every day. Hand paresis or weakness is a common consequence of stroke. In fact, over 70 percent of stroke survivors experience…

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Arm and hand function after stroke – can recovery be accelerated?

Disability of the arm and hand often persists after stroke, and this is very problematic in post-stroke recovery. Diminished arm and hand function after stroke impacts almost every task of daily living. There are task-oriented approaches designed to improve arm and hand function, but they do not always produce satisfying results. Researchers are still on…

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A new technique to help your muscles can change your hand coordination

As you may or may not be aware of is many post-stroke patients improve their walking abilities significantly during rehabilitation, but their hand function remains underdeveloped. Scientists are continually asking themselves how to help stroke patients recover their hand function and, in turn, their quality of life. But how can they help patients regain control…

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New study suggests mirror-based motor exercises may work only as well as conventional therapies in subacute stroke

If you are like 9 out of 10 stroke patients, then you are struggling with some sort of paralysis. You may be experiencing some loss of motor function (the ability to move) in your arm or leg. That is frustrating, but there is good news: you can regain some or all of your limb function…

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Should you practice in a constant or variable manner?

Following a stroke, use of your affected hand can be one of the most important but challenging to rehabilitate efficiently. While the age-old adage of practice makes perfect can still apply to hand training, the way you practice may make a considerable difference in your results. With ‘constant’ practice, you perform the same task repeatedly…

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