Adding your favorite songs to your rehab program might do more than just lift your spirits

A good tune can help lift our spirits and enrich our lives. Besides making us happy, music can also help us improve our health. It turns out that we can use music to help us recover after a stroke. This simple, enjoyable remedy can be used with exercise programs during rehab! A recent study by…

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Mind-body movements: getting to the core of your stroke recovery

There are many different ways to look at your recovery. There is the physical side of your recovery, which focuses on helping regain mobility, physical strength, and flexibility. And the more spiritual side of recovery, which focuses on building emotional strength and confidence. But what if there were something between those two, something that could…

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Depression after stroke – including family improves outcomes

Stroke and rehabilitation are hard things for patients and their families to go through. They can be traumatic and isolating and up to half of patients battle post-stroke depression (PSD) as they recover. Family and caregivers also experience stress, and many of them become clinically depressed as well. So, no matter where you are on…

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Relaxation training: could slowing it down be the key to combating post-stroke anxiety?

With most literature focusing on the speed of recovery following stroke, it can sometimes feel like the pressure is on to get back to your normal life as quickly as possible. And while motivation is important, it is equally important to remember that we are all individuals and that increasing the pressure doesn’t necessarily lead…

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Moving beyond medication — brain stimulation to treat post-stroke depression

Post-stroke depression (PSD) is a serious complication that can undercut a patient’s rehab progress and quality of life. Doctors often prescribe anti-depressants to treat it, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs like Prozac and Paxil are popular, but not always effective. They also have possible side effects that can be dangerous for stroke survivors.…

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New hope for stroke survivors with sleep problems

Everyone wants to get a full night of restful sleep, but that isn’t always easy for stroke survivors.  Almost two-thirds of stroke patients suffer from poor sleep. Sleep problems are more than annoyances for stroke patients. They may increase the risk of another stroke. The typical treatment of sleep problems includes the use of medication.…

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Depression limits functional recovery after stroke – but there is an exception to this rule!

Widely recognized as an unwanted companion to long-term illness, depression is more than just another side effect. It affects recovery by limiting the benefits of rehabilitation in many post-stroke conditions. There is, however, one approach to chronic stroke rehabilitation that appears to be unaffected by depression. Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is that therapy. While this…

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