This is how a man suddenly improved 5 years after a cerebellar stroke

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a therapy that is rapidly gaining a reputation as an effective treatment for patients who have suffered a recent stroke. However, a new case study submitted by American researchers indicates that rTMS can help patients who experienced their strokes years ago. The study documented positive results of rTMS for…

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Can acupuncture improve your walking after stroke? It seems to be the case, and here is how it works.

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been successfully used for treating many types of maladies. Because of this, researchers from China were curious if acupuncture could help people who suffered an intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). ICH is a type of stroke which involves bleeding in the brain. Gait analysis is the procedure of recording and interpreting mechanical…

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Influencing the “healthy” side of the brain does not always seem to be a good idea

Are you a stroke patient who suffers from issues with arm or hand movement? You may have heard that a therapy called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, could potentially help you. Motor deficits from a stroke aren’t only due to the damage done to nerve cells. They are also caused by changes in the actual…

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A new benefit discovered: stimulating nerves in the leg helps posture

More than half of all stroke sufferers experience some form of ongoing disability. These conditions can range from moderate impairments in limb function, to more severe limitations including the inability to walk. These impairments can be evident in the earlier phases of recovery. They can also persist into the chronic phase of stroke. And while…

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Get the right start: read how feedback on your push-off can improve your gait after stroke

Stroke patients often have a disrupted walking pattern, walking asymmetrically and at a slower pace. In normal walking, several elements come into play. One factor is our strength as we push ourselves forward with our toes (also known as push-off). Stroke patients often suffer from reduced push-off strength, which contributes to the difficulties in walking and…

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Want to improve your hand function? Train specific!

Arm and hand strength is essential in our day-to-day life. Without it or with a reduced capacity, simple things like opening a door, feeding ourselves, and even buttoning shirts can be challenging. This loss of strength happens to people who suffer from a stroke. About 50 percent of stroke patients experience upper extremity impairment. To determine…

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Virtual reality in post-stroke rehabilitation: where is this technology taking us?

Post-stroke rehabilitation isn’t what it used to be. And before anyone gets nostalgic, we mean this in a positive way. It’s an evolving science, a discipline that shows a willingness to adopt new technologies (such as virtual reality [VR]) and techniques at both the acute and chronic stages of a stroke. All this while continuing…

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