Virtual reality games prove popular among stroke patients and therapists, laying the groundwork for video game-based therapies

If you are like most stroke patients who have to repeat the same exercise over and over, you have probably wished for an easier way. You know that those exercises help you heal, but they are so boring! Fortunately, a team from Canada is studying how to make post-stroke recovery more fun. They just completed…

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Play your way to better health – virtual gaming to improve hemiparesis

If you are suffering the effects of hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body) caused by stroke, you could benefit from the FEATHERS computer gaming system.  This online gaming system allows patients to practice using both hands at the same time. The software consists of two applications. FEATHERS Motion synchronizes the controller and cursor…

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Be aware of over-focusing when doing two things at a time

Post-stroke patients usually want to guide their movements consciously. However, the process of multitasking may lead to jerky moves and less than perfect performance. If you need to think about your physical actions, you may benefit from doing only one task at a time. Try to concentrate on your walking. But, if you must think…

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Take the power back: self-management in post-stroke rehabilitation

There is an old proverb that says ‘knowledge is power.’ And when it comes to stroke rehabilitation, a little knowledge can go a long way. It stands to reason that with a better understanding of your condition, and of the processes and rationale behind the rehabilitation, you can reap greater benefits. This is the underlying…

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Use your head: harnessing the power of the mind in post-stroke rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation is one of the truly multidisciplinary areas of medicine. It requires a unique combination of skills that draws on expertise in medicine. Stroke treatment combines neuroscience, physical therapy, and, increasingly, biofeedback-focused computer science techniques and robotics. And human intent-controlled rehabilitation is at the cutting edge of this discipline. This technique harnesses signals from…

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Can resistance training be recommended after stroke?

We know that healthy people benefit from resistance training. But can it help stroke patients as well? Researchers from Brazil asked this question. Resistance training includes working with body weight, bands, and dumbbells or barbells to build muscle. A research team from Brazil investigated a dozen studies that examined the effects that this type of…

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Buying a rehabilitation device online? Here is a summary of the quality and evidence out there

In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of rehabilitation devices that are available for sale online. It’s as easy as a click of a mouse and a valid credit card. Voila! You now have a fancy rehabilitation device on its way to your front doorstep. But how much do we know about these fancy…

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You may know it from art or architecture, but it is very prominent in rehabilitation too

Doctors and therapists know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment for stroke patients. Each patient is unique, and therefore, each rehabilitation process is unique. Because of this, most treatment is made up of an eclectic approach. Just like great artists and architects dared to combine traditional styles in this eclectic approach to create something unique.…

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