Stimulation of a nerve during movement practice improves motor function

Arm and hand weakness is common following stroke and affects more than 50% of stroke patients. This condition can adversely affect one’s quality of life and daily living. The traditional approach to treatment is through the use of upper-limb exercises based on ‘repetitive task-specific practice’ (RTP). This practice helps the patient progress towards a specific treatment goal while promoting…

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Self-management in stroke rehabilitation: take control of your recovery

In post-stroke recovery, it’s not uncommon to feel like that you’ve lost some of the control you once had in your life. Regaining this sense of independence, this confidence in your decisions (clinically measured as self-efficacy or outcome expectation) is one of the main goals of rehabilitation. The use of stroke self-management programs is one…

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Kinect and Xbox in stroke rehabilitation: games without frontiers

If you’re a regular visitor to strokemark.com, you’ll know we’re big fans of virtual reality (VR). And not just for the escapism. VR is increasingly being used in clinics, where specialized devices can support patients in their post-stroke arm/hand recovery. While this approach is effective, specialized equipment can be costly. Sometimes the costs are prohibitive…

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