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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Cycling news: cycling with maximal effort after stroke helps normalize gait

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic evaluated 18 stroke patients who developed partial paralysis of one lower limb. The researchers wanted to see if progressively more difficult cycling could improve the function of the affected leg. They did this by having the patients ride a unique bike that could measure how hard their legs were working.…

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Trunk stabilization – be the first to read about the benefits

Regaining walking ability after a stroke requires hard work on the part of the patient. However, innovations from scientists can help in this process. A research group from Japan recently invented a device that enhances gait recovery by stabilizing the upper body. Their invention is called trunk orthotic with resistive force, or TORF. It is…

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Aerobic exercise and movement therapy: could a truly combined approach be the key to recovery?

When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, learning can be everything. Whether you’re learning new movement therapy techniques or learning to do things the way you did before, it can be the key that unlocks the door to recovery. But it’s not just patients who are developing. As therapists work with patients, they too are gaining…

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ADHD drugs in stroke: are they worth your attention?

Stroke-related conditions can present in many different ways. Some are immediately visible, while others such as those affecting attention and our perception of the world around us are less apparent. These less visible conditions are commonly linked to unilateral neglect. This disorder affects up to 80% of right-brain stroke sufferers. A standardized approach to therapy…

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Pain after stroke – what can you do about it?

Pain can be debilitating. And pain after a stroke can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and recovery. Approximately 10% of all ischemic stroke patients suffer from chronic pain syndrome secondary to their stroke. Fortunately, a team of researchers from the University of California recently put together a review of the existing scientific literature.…

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