High-tech stroke rehab: tapping into brain signals to artificially activate your muscles

The forward march of progress is indeed a remarkable thing. Technology that seems like it should be in a science fiction movie is becoming part of our everyday reality. Take, for instance, the brain-computer interface (BCI). This device accepts signals from your brain for analysis or even action. And it gives your brain a chance…

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Up a river without a paddle in your rehabilitation? Then virtual canoeing might be for you

Rehab is something you have to do, but it can be a chore sometimes. Why not make it a little more entertaining with some video games. The use of virtual reality which combines video games with exercises is an up and coming therapy in stroke.  It gives patients visual feedback as they train. Hence, speeding…

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How the medicine of ancient China might treat stroke — using acupuncture to help shoulder pain

Acupuncture is an age-old medicine that uses needles to treat diseases and injuries. Many people use it to treat pain. Recently, scientists wondered if this ancient medicine could also be used for stroke rehabilitation. Could this traditional therapy really help patients with their recovery? Acupuncture in addition to modern stroke therapies The Chinese have been using…

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Botox may be the key to reducing pain after stroke

With so many things in life, proportion and moderation are the keys to happiness. A drink with coworkers at happy hour can be pleasant and social. But overindulging may lead to awkward situations. The same principle of moderation applies when we are talking about specific stroke treatments. Even deadly poisons like Botulinum toxins can be…

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It does not feel like treatment, but video games can help your stroke recovery

Recently, studies have shown that video games might provide more than just fun and entertainment. Israeli researchers decided to look at how video games might help patients suffering from the chronic aftereffects of a stroke. Israeli researchers investigated a new twist to occupational therapy by looking at a community-based video game group intervention. So why…

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Combining therapies – it worked for one stroke patient, even years after the stroke!

Most of the time, recovery years after a stroke is rare. The prognosis at that point is poor, and most people accept that their deficits are permanent. One man, however, was able to achieve the unthinkable. He was able to improve his function and activity despite suffering severe weakness in half his body. How did…

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