Arm and hand function after stroke – can recovery be accelerated?

Disability of the arm and hand often persists after stroke, and this is very problematic in post-stroke recovery. Diminished arm and hand function after stroke impacts almost every task of daily living. There are task-oriented approaches designed to improve arm and hand function, but they do not always produce satisfying results. Researchers are still on…

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Botox – reduce spasticity after stroke and improve recovery!

You probably have heard or read about Botox injections from celebrities or even friends who have tried to prevent wrinkles. But did you know that Botox or botulinum toxin can do more than just improve appearances? This toxin can be a promising solution for patients with involuntary muscle contractions (also known as spasticity). Botox reduces…

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Robots used after stroke for hand recovery – looking at the ARMin system

Robots for hand recovery after stroke? Robots are hot right now. Big-name scientists such as Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking discuss the potential benefits and possible threats of artificial intelligence. Such discussion make it feel like super-intelligent robots are making their way into many aspects our lives. And now, thanks to a team of researchers…

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

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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Hope for recovery of arm-hand function even years after a stroke

Is there hope for ischemic stroke patients years after the stroke? A Korean man proves there is! Ischemic strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is blocked. This blockage starves and kills brain cells, causing losses of ability and function that can be chronic. Damaged nerves can be repaired with therapy. However, conventional wisdom says…

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