Aerobic exercise and movement therapy: could a truly combined approach be the key to recovery?

When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, learning can be everything. Whether you’re learning new movement therapy techniques or learning to do things the way you did before, it can be the key that unlocks the door to recovery. But it’s not just patients who are developing. As therapists work with patients, they too are gaining…

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Pain after stroke – what can you do about it?

Pain can be debilitating. And pain after a stroke can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and recovery. Approximately 10% of all ischemic stroke patients suffer from chronic pain syndrome secondary to their stroke. Fortunately, a team of researchers from the University of California recently put together a review of the existing scientific literature.…

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Mirror therapy versus movement limitation: what is better for your arm function recovery?

Physicians and scientists are continuously developing new techniques to help stroke patients recover lost motor function. New rehabilitation approaches give patients more options when it comes to recovery. However, the effectiveness of those strategies isn’t always apparent. A recent study looked at two relatively new methods and asked how effective they are in restoring function in…

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Researchers might have just figured out the reason for the discomfort in your hands and fingers

Stroke can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms in your hands and fingers. These can include numbness, tingling, pain, and stiffness. Many doctors and patients have noticed that while other impairments typically improve with rehabilitation, these complaints tend to become worse over time. But why? Researchers from Turkey were determined to figure out the…

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Stimulation of an important nerve could improve your recovery – find out how it can be done without surgery

Medical experts have proven that our brains are not static. They are capable of adapting and changing. This capacity of the brain, known as plasticity, plays a significant role in stroke rehabilitation, helping stroke patients recover and regain abilities that they once had. For years researchers have been looking for ways to improve it. One promising…

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Stimulating the brain right after stroke – we now know better how to do it

A powerful brain-stimulating technology called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) might be able to help stroke patients soon after a stroke. This treatment already helps stroke patients with movement disorders in the later phases of rehabilitation (the chronic phase). But recent research from Japan indicates that rTMS also helps immediately after a stroke (the acute…

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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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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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