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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Could magnetic pulses change the way you look at the world by improving neglect?

We’ve come a long way in our understanding of stroke-related conditions. But for all our breakthroughs, some conditions remain notoriously difficult to treat. One such disorder is visuospatial neglect (VSN). Affecting up to 80% of right-brain stroke sufferers, VSN commonly presents as an impaired awareness of the stroke-affected side of the body. This condition can manifest…

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The art of multi-tasking – can learning to juggle tasks help you improve your walking?

Stroke patients do single-task training most of the time such as walking or balance training. However, in real life, people need to multi-task. Being able to accomplish several tasks means better daily function and overall quality of life. With this in mind, some stroke rehabilitation implements dual-task training, meaning the patient must do two tasks…

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New study shows that electrical stimulation changes the brain after stroke

Researchers from Germany and Australia teamed up to answer an important question. Does electrical stimulation of the brain after stroke change the brain itself? Transcranial direct current stimulation, known as tDCS, is a new non-invasive technique that activates nerve cells in the brain. Interest in the technology is high since it is inexpensive and easy…

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Cycling news: cycling with maximal effort after stroke helps normalize gait

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic evaluated 18 stroke patients who developed partial paralysis of one lower limb. The researchers wanted to see if progressively more difficult cycling could improve the function of the affected leg. They did this by having the patients ride a unique bike that could measure how hard their legs were working.…

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Trunk stabilization – be the first to read about the benefits

Regaining walking ability after a stroke requires hard work on the part of the patient. However, innovations from scientists can help in this process. A research group from Japan recently invented a device that enhances gait recovery by stabilizing the upper body. Their invention is called trunk orthotic with resistive force, or TORF. It is…

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Aerobic exercise and movement therapy: could a truly combined approach be the key to recovery?

When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, learning can be everything. Whether you’re learning new movement therapy techniques or learning to do things the way you did before, it can be the key that unlocks the door to recovery. But it’s not just patients who are developing. As therapists work with patients, they too are gaining…

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