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 after a stroke 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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Surgery that replaces a nerve is giving stroke patients a chance at regaining arm function

When something breaks, you can usually replace the malfunctioning part and get it working again in no time. As it turns out, this may apply to your nervous system as well. Researchers from China wondered if replacing a nerve that wasn’t functioning well with a healthy one could be effective. Especially, in complicated cases with complete arm…

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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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