Mirror therapy versus movement limitation: what is better for your arm function recovery?

Physicians and scientists are continuously developing new techniques to help stroke patients recover lost motor function. New rehabilitation approaches give patients more options when it comes to recovery. However, the effectiveness of those strategies isn’t always apparent. A recent study looked at two relatively new methods and asked how effective they are in restoring function in…

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Use your head: harnessing the power of the mind in post-stroke rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation is one of the truly multidisciplinary areas of medicine. It requires a unique combination of skills that draws on expertise in medicine. Stroke treatment combines neuroscience, physical therapy, and, increasingly, biofeedback-focused computer science techniques and robotics. And human intent-controlled rehabilitation is at the cutting edge of this discipline. This technique harnesses signals from…

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New study shows that less is more – focus on one thing at a time to optimize your aphasia therapy

A lot of human communication is non-verbal. People communicate with facial expressions, like a smile or an arched eyebrow. People point, sign, and gesture to enhance and enliven what they are saying. To most of us, it seems natural that aphasia patients can benefit from a mix of speech and gesture in their therapy. But…

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Researchers might have just figured out the reason for the discomfort in your hands and fingers

Stroke can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms in your hands and fingers. These can include numbness, tingling, pain, and stiffness. Many doctors and patients have noticed that while other impairments typically improve with rehabilitation, these complaints tend to become worse over time. But why? Researchers from Turkey were determined to figure out the…

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Can resistance training be recommended after stroke?

We know that healthy people benefit from resistance training. But can it help stroke patients as well? Researchers from Brazil asked this question. Resistance training includes working with body weight, bands, and dumbbells or barbells to build muscle. A research team from Brazil investigated a dozen studies that examined the effects that this type of…

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Stimulation of an important nerve could improve your recovery – find out how it can be done without surgery

Medical experts have proven that our brains are not static. They are capable of adapting and changing. This capacity of the brain, known as plasticity, plays a significant role in stroke rehabilitation, helping stroke patients recover and regain abilities that they once had. For years researchers have been looking for ways to improve it. One promising…

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Stimulating the brain right after stroke – we now know better how to do it

A powerful brain-stimulating technology called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) might be able to help stroke patients soon after a stroke. This treatment already helps stroke patients with movement disorders in the later phases of rehabilitation (the chronic phase). But recent research from Japan indicates that rTMS also helps immediately after a stroke (the acute…

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