Mirror therapy for stroke patients to improve balance and walking – does it work?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… Okay, let’s get that mirror off the wall if we want to help stroke survivors regain muscle strength and control. Mirror therapy for stroke patients can help them improve their walking. Mirror therapy is a technique that we know works in helping patients regain arm function by having them reflect…

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3 ways that using an activity monitor in the hospital can help after stroke

Physical activity is extremely important after a stroke. It helps reduce the risk of having another stroke and enables you to improve your daily function. However, encouraging stroke patients to be more active can be difficult, especially when they are still in the hospital. That’s why researchers from Japan wanted to explore a way to get stroke…

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The 10 Golden Rules for maximizing stroke recovery

The long and arduous process of rehabilitation begins immediately after a stroke. But where should you get started and what are the most important things for you to know? We have tried to make answering these questions a little easier for you. Filtering through the most recent scientific discoveries and busting through the many misconceptions…

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The 2 best ways to improve your swallowing

Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) can hinder many functions that people once took for granted. Things like eating can become difficult or nearly impossible. Patients report a feeling of food stuck in the throat. Several conditions can lead to dysphagia, and stroke is one of them. Techniques to improve swallowing Usually, stroke-related dysphagia management uses a…

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Virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation: it’s more than just a game

According to a group of researchers based in Italy, virtual reality (VR) can offer real-world benefits when it comes to stroke rehabilitation. These researchers reviewed 15 scientific studies and concluded that using virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation can lead to better outcomes in walking speed, balance, and mobility than just stand-alone conventional therapy. While further…

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„Schaue zu und lerne“ – Spiegelneuronentherapie als Behandlungsoption bei visuellem Neglect

Wurde Ihnen schon einmal gesagt, dass Sie „durch Zuschauen lernen“ sollen? Tatsächlich scheint dieses geflügelte Wort sich wissenschaftlich belegen zu lassen. Wir lernen voneinander, indem wir zuschauen und nachahmen. Dieser Prozess hat mit den sogenannten Spiegelneuronen zu tun: Wenn wir jemanden bei einer Tätigkeit beobachten, verhalten sich die Neuronen in unserem Gehirn so, als ob…

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Using real-time brain imaging to help your recovery – a new technology on the horizon!

Ever wonder what’s going on in someone’s head? Actually, those in the scientific community wonder this all the time. And now, with the help of a new type of MRI scanner, they can find out! The MRI machines that most of us know use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of the…

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How your doctor makes decisions when it comes to your rehab

Stroke rehabilitation programs start as soon as possible and continue well after a patient leaves the hospital. And the goal of these programs is to get patients functioning on a level where they can regain some independence. But to ensure that patients get the most out of their time and effort, there’s a lot of…

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