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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Serious gaming, serious benefits: video games in post-stroke recovery

There are many different approaches to learning. While some people prefer a more studious method, there is no denying that it’s easier to learn while you’re having fun. Think back to your childhood. Some of your most memorable learning experiences probably didn’t feel like learning at all. This concept is known as ‘implicit learning’. Our…

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When it comes to stroke recovery, it could pay to involve both sides of the brain

As you progress in your post-stroke rehabilitation, you’ll realize that some things aren’t quite as they used to be. And while the experience is different for every patient, the underlying cause is the same. Post-stroke disability results from damage to the region of the brain that controls motor function. With this basic principle in mind,…

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Stretching and twisting your muscles may improve your recovery

It’s a bit like a massage, but it’s stroke recovery therapy. Mobilization and stimulation of neuromuscular tissue (MASONT) is a hands-on technique that takes advantage of sensory feedback. This treatment requires no specialized tools, so it offers savings of time and money. It is not a painful procedure, and you may even find it a…

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A peek into the future: how robotics can help you in your daily life

Can you imagine how challenging simple daily tasks become with just the strength of one arm or hand? Suddenly things like dressing or eating become difficult. But that’s what many stroke patients struggle with every day. Hand paresis or weakness is a common consequence of stroke. In fact, over 70 percent of stroke survivors experience…

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A new technique to help your muscles can change your hand coordination

As you may or may not be aware of is many post-stroke patients improve their walking abilities significantly during rehabilitation, but their hand function remains underdeveloped. Scientists are continually asking themselves how to help stroke patients recover their hand function and, in turn, their quality of life. But how can they help patients regain control…

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New study suggests mirror-based motor exercises may work only as well as conventional therapies in subacute stroke

If you are like 9 out of 10 stroke patients, then you are struggling with some sort of paralysis. You may be experiencing some loss of motor function (the ability to move) in your arm or leg. That is frustrating, but there is good news: you can regain some or all of your limb function…

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