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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Supercharge your brain – brain stimulation for neglect

We’ve all heard of life hacks… people finding new, creative ways to improve their lives. Nowadays, people are also discovering brain hacks… new ways to stimulate brain activity! One “brain hack” recently got the attention of researchers from Belgium. It’s called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). It works by sending a constant, low-level direct electrical…

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Just published: a case study of magnetic therapy and an amazing recovery 6 years after stroke

A recent case study revealed a potential new therapy to help chronic stroke patients regain arm or hand mobility. The therapy is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS uses magnetic pulses over a person’s head to change electrical activity deep inside the brain. This technology has been used to treat many psychiatric conditions such as depression.…

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Can balance training improve neglect?

Many athletes have discovered the benefits of balance training. It not only strengthens many muscle groups, but it also aids in agility, coordination, and overall athletic performance. Some researchers decided to take the possibilities of balance training to another level. They tested its said benefits on stroke patients with unilateral neglect; a condition where a…

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A simple mirror trick you can do at home might improve the function of your arm

Mirrors – used for years in magic tricks, special effects, and optical illusions. Now they are being used as part of physical therapy. A recent 2017 Chinese study proved that mirror therapy (MT) has a moderate effect in improving arm functionality in stroke patients during rehabilitation when compared to other conventional therapies. Mirrors can also…

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