A new hand and arm therapy shows promise for stroke patients

Many patients have trouble using a hand or arm after a stroke. A recent study suggests HABIT, a therapy approach developed at the Columbia University Teachers College Center for Cerebral Palsy, may be more effective than conventional rehabilitation therapies at helping you get both of your hands back in operation. Researchers need to conduct more studies,…

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Acupuncture stimulates communication across the brain after stroke

Acupuncture is a staple of traditional Chinese medicine dating back more than 3000 years. Most commonly, the stimulating technique involves using thin needles to penetrate precise points on the skin. However many non-needle therapies including rubbing, heating, and suctioning exist. Over the years, acupuncture has been used to target and alleviate a broad spectrum of…

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Magnetism and mirrors: novel therapy improves hand motion after stroke

People who experience a stroke often have difficulty performing routine arm and hand movements. Physical rehabilitation of the limbs includes multiple types of exercises and therapies. One kind is mirror therapy. This approach is a useful, low cost, and simple method to recover upper limb function. The patient moves the unaffected limb in a mirror,…

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When it comes to rehabilitation, it could be time for some reflection

While stroke can be a life-changing event at any age, older patients are more at risk of losing their pre-stroke independence. Conditions such as pain and weakness in the limbs, problems linked to medication, and depression can leave these patients reliant on care from others. Employing a broad approach to rehabilitation can lessen the effects…

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Twenty months after a stroke, music therapy helps a patient improve neglect

Rock singer Bono of U2 once said that music can change the world because it can change people. Many people think that he’s right from a social activism perspective, but new research indicates that he may also be right from a neurological perspective, especially in the case of those affected by unilateral spatial neglect (USN).…

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Electrical currents to improve speech: the evidence thus far

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a method of stimulating the brain with a low-intensity electrical current. The current can increase or decrease the activity of nerve cells in the brain, allowing researchers to target areas of the brain damaged by stroke. This technology boasts many benefits, as it is portable, non-invasive, does not hurt,…

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Orthopedic footwear: the results are in, are you sticking with the program?

When it comes to post-stroke recovery, there are a lot of things competing for your attention. And that’s understandable — you’re learning, re-learning, and making discoveries every day. But as you move from the earlier days of stroke to the longer-term, chronic phase of stroke, your focus can change. You might go from looking at…

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