Improving attention without actually knowing it

A new study discovered that implicit learning (learning something without realizing it) might benefit stroke patients who suffer from a neurological dysfunction known as neglect. Neglect is when someone loses the ability to pay attention to things happening on a particular side of their body. Any person who suffers from neglect is unable to detect…

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Botox – reduce spasticity after stroke and improve recovery!

You probably have heard or read about Botox injections from celebrities or even friends who have tried to prevent wrinkles. But did you know that Botox or botulinum toxin can do more than just improve appearances? This toxin can be a promising solution for patients with involuntary muscle contractions (also known as spasticity). Botox reduces…

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Buying a rehabilitation device online? Here is a summary of the quality and evidence out there

In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of rehabilitation devices that are available for sale online. It’s as easy as a click of a mouse and a valid credit card. Voila! You now have a fancy rehabilitation device on its way to your front doorstep. But how much do we know about these fancy…

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Stabilizing your ankle early or later during rehab: does it matter?

Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are custom-made, supportive braces intended to control ankle position. They compensate for weakness and correct deformities. They are frequently used to improve walking after stroke, despite a lack of evidence regarding when to initiate the therapy. While many advocate an “earlier is better” mantra, clinical evidence has yet to substantiate this claim.…

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Force feedback from your muscles as a new form of home therapy

An ongoing program of structured arm/hand rehabilitation is an integral part of continued recovery post stroke. Early treatment is under the watchful eye of your physiotherapist. But, as you continue into the chronic phase of stroke, you will likely take more responsibility for your activities. While this can be empowering, it can also be daunting.…

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Electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation: time to think again?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been around for a while. You’ve probably seen it on the home shopping networks or online. They are the battery-operated devices with the sticky pads that give ‘electric shocks’ to stimulate your muscles. Initially developed for pain relief, you might have dismissed TENS as little more than a passing…

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The arms can give the legs a helping hand in the rehabilitation of walking

Have you ever tried moving your arms in a different pattern than your legs while walking? It’s not easy to do because of the inherent connection between the way arms and legs move. The coupling of limb movements is due to the complex wiring your nervous system uses to send signals from your brain to…

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