Combining magnetic stimulation with intensive training can help severe arm problems even in the chronic phase of stroke

We know intense muscle training of the upper body can improve muscle weakness after a stroke. However, this approach is limited to patients with mild-to-moderate stroke since severe stroke patients are typically unable to practice enough to regain movement. Understanding how intense training improves movement after stroke can help us develop therapies for severe stroke patients,…

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Can brain stimulation improve daily activities and arm function?

If you’ve been following Stokemark, you’ve come across Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation or tDCS. This is a form of noninvasive brain stimulation that makes use of low levels of constant current delivered directly into targeted areas of the brain. This technique has been found useful in neurological conditions like stroke. Most effective type of tDCS Although studies have…

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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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Music isn’t just for the soul – find out how songs may help you with your stroke rehabilitation

It turns out that tuning in with your musical side might be the newest way to improve memory after a stroke. Who knew creativity could be so practical? Science has shown that singing new songs might be easier to learn and remember compared to spoken words. So Finnish researchers decided to investigate whether songs could…

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