New finding: when it comes to stroke recovery, your dedication might pay off

Rehabilitation is a big part of life following ischemic stroke. When dealing with the day-to-day requirements of chronic stroke (including the risk of second or recurrent stroke), anything that makes your dedication to recovery feel worthwhile can have a significant impact on how you think about your new, post-stroke life. With this in mind, there is…

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Watch this video: a recent Korean study suggests an easy way to improve your gait and balance

Things just got a bit easier! A recent Korean study has shown that the free and easy-to-practice circuit training (simple lower limbs and legs training) can significantly improve your balance and gait abilities. In a recent 2017 Korean study, researchers found that circuit training (such as sit to stand, one-leg standing and other lower limb…

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The most general thing one can say about exercise and the reducing the risk of a recurrent stroke: no matter what, you have to move!

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. People with a history of stroke are at increased risk of additional strokes or cardiovascular events. They have more than a 25% risk of recurrence within five years. There are many well-known risk factors for stroke and recurrent stroke. Hypertension, elevated…

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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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The most amazing outcome in the highest ranking journal could help those who are beyond repair

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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You probably never thought this could work – a new way to improve swallowing after stroke

Mankind has always been fascinated with electricity. Especially with the idea that it provides the ‘spark’ behind our most complex computer – the human brain. One of the applications for this phenomenon is using transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. This method involves delivering a very small amount of electricity to the brain via electrodes attached…

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Supercharge your brain – brain stimulation for neglect

We’ve all heard of life hacks… people finding new, creative ways to improve their lives. Nowadays, people are also discovering brain hacks… new ways to stimulate brain activity! One “brain hack” recently got the attention of researchers from Belgium. It’s called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). It works by sending a constant, low-level direct electrical…

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