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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Force feedback from your muscles as a new form of home therapy

An ongoing program of structured arm/hand rehabilitation is an integral part of continued recovery post stroke. Early treatment is under the watchful eye of your physiotherapist. But, as you continue into the chronic phase of stroke, you will likely take more responsibility for your activities. While this can be empowering, it can also be daunting.…

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The arms can give the legs a helping hand in the rehabilitation of walking

Have you ever tried moving your arms in a different pattern than your legs while walking? It’s not easy to do because of the inherent connection between the way arms and legs move. The coupling of limb movements is due to the complex wiring your nervous system uses to send signals from your brain to…

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A robot that can help in stroke recovery – is that really possible?

The best way to improve arm weakness after a stroke is to engage in repetitive movements with the affected arm. Studies show that more exercise leads to better results. Recovery of motor function correlates directly with a better quality of life and overall well-being in stroke survivors. Traditionally, patients work with a physical therapist to…

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The future is here: hook your brain up to a robot to assist your hand

What if robots could read your mind? That seems to be the future of stroke rehabilitation and therapy. Russian researchers are working on a new and exciting treatment that could potentially help stroke patients regain better motor function than ever before. This exciting new technology uses robot-assisted therapy combined with a brain-computer interface (BCI) that…

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Review just out – magnetic therapy can help recovery of your arm and hand function after stroke

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, known as rTMS, is a relatively new and auspicious therapy in the medical world. The device directly stimulates electrical activity in the brain with magnetic pulses. The pulses are transmitted through the head, so there is no need for invasive procedures or surgery. Given the potential for jumpstarting dormant areas of…

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Check out this new way to cheat your brain with “electrical noise” stimulation

Researchers have tried everything from electrical pulses to magnets to stimulate areas of the brain affected by stroke. They look for new ways to supplement recovery. While these high-tech rehabilitation techniques have so far been met with mixed results, there are other promising means to improve the brain’s capacity to adapt and get better. One…

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When ancient eastern medicine meets modern science – electroacupuncture can help in the chronic phase after stroke

In China, many believe an energy flow in the body known as Chi determines health. This energy flow connects points throughout the body to maintain balance.  When part of the flow is blocked, then the passage needs to be reopened to restore this balance.  How can this be done?  Many believe through acupuncture. Hitting certain…

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