New evidence: transient ischemic attack (TIA) may not be transient at all, but there’s a lot you can do about it

A recently published study from the Netherlands suggests that transient ischemic attacks (TIA), or mini-strokes, may leave more long-lasting damage than previously thought. If your doctor told you that your stroke was “transient”, you may be misinformed. Lead researcher Dr. Frank Rooij analyzed brain imaging on TIA patients. He found that almost a third of…

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Can balance training improve neglect after a stroke?

Many athletes have discovered the benefits of balance training. It not only strengthens many muscle groups, but it also aids in agility, coordination, and overall athletic performance. Some researchers decided to take the possibilities of balance training to another level. They tested its said benefits on stroke patients with unilateral neglect; a condition where a…

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You can improve years after a stroke: a German study changes our preconceptions about aphasia treatment

When it comes to stroke therapy and rehabilitation, the general acceptance is that sooner is better. Take the treatment of aphasia (the speech difficulties that often follow a stroke), for example. Guidelines recommend intensive speech and language therapy for chronic aphasia (aphasia lasting more than 6 months). However, there is a long-held belief that these…

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A simple mirror trick you can do at home might improve the function of your arm after stroke

Mirrors – used for years in magic tricks, special effects, and optical illusions. Now they are being used as part of physical therapy. A recent 2017 Chinese study proved that mirror therapy (MT) has a moderate effect in improving arm functionality in stroke patients during rehabilitation when compared to other conventional therapies. Mirrors can also…

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In the chronic phase of a stroke? There’s something you need to know about exercise

The conventional wisdom about stroke rehabilitation is that most recovery happens early. Most improvement occurs within the first few days to weeks after injury. As time progresses, one sees less recovery. Doctors often tell stroke patients to start recovery right away because the benefits of rehabilitation decrease over time. You can’t blame recovering stroke patients…

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Watch this video, listen to the music – healing the brain after stroke one note at a time

Hans Christian Andersen once said, “where words fail, music speaks.” This resonates especially with stroke patients engaging in music therapy! Most people love to listen to music. Many have even played a musical instrument, sang in a choir, or learned to dance to a melody. Now stroke patients can use their love for music to…

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Sleep apnea and stroke – getting a good night’s sleep can boost your stroke recovery

As you navigate the post-stroke recovery road, a bad night’s sleep might not be the first thing on your mind. But according to a recently published study by a team at the Yale University School of Medicine in The American Journal of Medicine (one of the leading medical journals in the United States), sleep-pattern disturbances related…

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A new study came up with an amazing way to boost recovery: replaying movements in your mind

Physical rehabilitation is a critical element to regaining the ability to move and perform everyday activities following a stroke. However, severely injured patients might experience little to no ability to move affected limbs. This greatly hampers their potential for recovery. With these patients in mind, doctors and researchers have looked for other options to jump-start…

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