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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Find out how one man recovered his senses after a stroke

One of the most common problems that people suffer after a stroke is a loss of sensation. Doctors still have a hard time figuring out what’s best to help patients recover this after a stroke. Strokemark has reported on other studies where Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) helped patients. However, the researchers in this study took…

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Exciting ongoing clinical study asks: Can you improve the brain’s capacity to heal right after a stroke?

When a child falls and scrapes his knee, the wound will heal naturally over time. However, we often cover the scrape with ointment or a bandage to speed up the healing process.  Is it also possible to speed up the healing process of the brain after injury?  That is exactly what a current clinical study…

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Botox is more than just skin deep – find out how botox can help you improve spasticity after a stroke

For stroke patients, the idea of getting botox is probably the last thing on your mind. Recovery after a stroke usually focuses on exercises and training that can help strengthen your body again and improve function. When it comes to botox, most people think of cosmetics and anti-aging. But if you thought botox was just…

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Training arm movements in rehabilitation: does speed matter?

How slow should you go? Or how fast? That’s a question many patients have regarding arm and hand therapy tasks in rehab. In fact, there are no current standards for movement speed during this type of therapy. Fortunately, researchers have recently investigated this question. Their findings suggest that you should perform your arm and hand therapy…

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A single session in front of a mirror can change your brain

Mirror therapy (MT) is a rehabilitation technique that involves the use of a mirrored box to improve motor skills and persistent pain following stroke or injury. Studies show that mirror therapy can be helpful for one-sided upper extremity impairment and pain, although how it works is not entirely clear. Mirror therapy is usually implemented by…

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New exercise plan videos are a possibility for tech-savvy patients; some patients report good results

Does technology have a place in home rehab efforts? Many rehab facilities use computer games and simulations to help patients. However, no one has examined technology’s role after the patient goes home. Fortunately, two studies from Australia tackled this topic. And, their results were interesting. If you are comfortable with technology, you may benefit from receiving…

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Virtual reality games prove popular among stroke patients and therapists, laying the groundwork for video game-based therapies

If you are like most stroke patients who have to repeat the same exercise over and over, you have probably wished for an easier way. You know that those exercises help you heal, but they are so boring! Fortunately, a team from Canada is studying how to make post-stroke recovery more fun. They just completed…

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