Influencing the “healthy” side of the brain does not always seem to be a good idea

Are you a stroke patient who suffers from issues with arm or hand movement? You may have heard that a therapy called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, could potentially help you. Motor deficits from a stroke aren’t only due to the damage done to nerve cells. They are also caused by changes in the actual…

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A new benefit discovered: stimulating nerves in the leg helps posture

More than half of all stroke sufferers experience some form of ongoing disability. These conditions can range from moderate impairments in limb function, to more severe limitations including the inability to walk. These impairments can be evident in the earlier phases of recovery. They can also persist into the chronic phase of stroke. And while…

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Get the right start: read how feedback on your push-off can improve your gait after stroke

Stroke patients often have a disrupted walking pattern, walking asymmetrically and at a slower pace. In normal walking, several elements come into play. One factor is our strength as we push ourselves forward with our toes (also known as push-off). Stroke patients often suffer from reduced push-off strength, which contributes to the difficulties in walking and…

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Want to improve your hand function? Train specific!

Arm and hand strength is essential in our day-to-day life. Without it or with a reduced capacity, simple things like opening a door, feeding ourselves, and even buttoning shirts can be challenging. This loss of strength happens to people who suffer from a stroke. About 50 percent of stroke patients experience upper extremity impairment. To determine…

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Virtual reality in post-stroke rehabilitation: where is this technology taking us?

Post-stroke rehabilitation isn’t what it used to be. And before anyone gets nostalgic, we mean this in a positive way. It’s an evolving science, a discipline that shows a willingness to adopt new technologies (such as virtual reality [VR]) and techniques at both the acute and chronic stages of a stroke. All this while continuing…

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Could magnetic pulses change the way you look at the world by improving neglect?

We’ve come a long way in our understanding of stroke-related conditions. But for all our breakthroughs, some conditions remain notoriously difficult to treat. One such disorder is visuospatial neglect (VSN). Affecting up to 80% of right-brain stroke sufferers, VSN commonly presents as an impaired awareness of the stroke-affected side of the body. This condition can manifest…

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The art of multi-tasking – can learning to juggle tasks help you improve your walking?

Stroke patients do single-task training most of the time such as walking or balance training. However, in real life, people need to multi-task. Being able to accomplish several tasks means better daily function and overall quality of life. With this in mind, some stroke rehabilitation implements dual-task training, meaning the patient must do two tasks…

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New study shows that electrical stimulation changes the brain after stroke

Researchers from Germany and Australia teamed up to answer an important question. Does electrical stimulation of the brain after stroke change the brain itself? Transcranial direct current stimulation, known as tDCS, is a new non-invasive technique that activates nerve cells in the brain. Interest in the technology is high since it is inexpensive and easy…

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