Experts just ruled out that treadmill is just as effective as simple walking exercise you can do anywhere for free

Walking is one of the most common difficulties that stroke survivors face. That’s why one of the main goals of rehabilitation is to improve it.  Treadmill training is widely used by specialists to help patients improve their walking. But, new research shows that it may be less helpful than we initially thought. How effective are…

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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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Less intense therapy over a longer period of time proves more effective in treating aphasia after stroke

Often people who experience left-hemisphere strokes become impaired in the ability to communicate and understand language; a condition termed aphasia. Regaining language skills requires extensive rehabilitation over a long time. Stroke patients and their caregivers know that therapy is the key to recovery. But they might not know what the best treatment strategy is. There…

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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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Strategy training is much more important than you think even if the patient has attentional problems

Goal. Plan. Do. Check. These are the steps of strategy training, a practical tool to help stroke patients identify, assess, and solve problems on the road to regaining their independence. Most therapists consider strategy training useful for patients who have a good grasp of their strengths and weaknesses (good self-awareness). But typically it is not…

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You may know it from art or architecture, but it is very prominent in rehabilitation too

Doctors and therapists know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment for stroke patients. Each patient is unique, and therefore, each rehabilitation process is unique. Because of this, most treatment is made up of an eclectic approach. Just like great artists and architects dared to combine traditional styles in this eclectic approach to create something unique.…

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Planning your rehabilitation? Be SMART and take a proactive approach

A panel of 13 leading clinicians and researchers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia came together late last year to look at the rehabilitation of spastic paresis. Spastic paresis is a movement disorder that might influence gravely the quality of life of stroke patients. These scientists devised a more patient-centered and comprehensive approach to treating this…

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Shockwave therapy helps reduce muscle spasticity after stroke

Shockwave therapy is slowly entering the field of stroke rehabilitation in treating muscle spasticity. It works by sending high-pressure sound waves into the muscles which cause the body to produce nitric oxide (a substance in the body that helps cells communicate). As a result, it causes muscles to function more normally.   Strokes result in…

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