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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Combining magnetic stimulation with intensive training can help severe arm problems even in the chronic phase of stroke

We know intense muscle training of the upper body can improve muscle weakness after a stroke. However, this approach is limited to patients with mild-to-moderate stroke since severe stroke patients are typically unable to practice enough to regain movement. Understanding how intense training improves movement after stroke can help us develop therapies for severe stroke patients,…

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Can brain stimulation after stroke improve daily activities and arm function?

If you’ve been following Stokemark, you’ve come across Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation or tDCS. This is a form of noninvasive brain stimulation that makes use of low levels of constant current delivered directly into targeted areas of the brain. This technique has been found useful in neurological conditions like stroke. Most effective type of tDCS Although studies have…

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Be mindful of your movements – it may help your stroke recovery

Yoga teacher Jigar Gor once said that “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is about what you learn on the way down.” And these lessons may benefit stroke patients. A Chinese medical team looked at the available research and believes that patients can benefit from yoga, tai chi, and qigong. In particular, the…

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Stimulation of a nerve during movement practice improves motor function after stroke

Arm and hand weakness is common following stroke and affects more than 50% of stroke patients. This condition can adversely affect one’s quality of life and daily living. The traditional approach to treatment is through the use of upper-limb exercises based on ‘repetitive task-specific practice’ (RTP). This practice helps the patient progress towards a specific treatment goal while promoting…

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How rhythm can re-energize your post-stroke exercise regimen and improve your arm and hand function

Scientists believe timing is essential to the brain’s ability to plan, organize, and execute a movement in response to a stimulus. Interactive Metronome (IM) is a form of rhythm-based rehabilitation. It stems from the theory that exercise relies on an inner sense of timing controlled by the brain. When performing tasks using hands and feet…

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