Planning your stroke rehabilitation? Be SMART and take a proactive approach

A panel of 13 leading clinicians and researchers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia came together late last year to look at the rehabilitation of spastic paresis. Spastic paresis is a movement disorder that might influence gravely the quality of life of stroke patients. These scientists devised a more patient-centered and comprehensive approach to treating this…

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Shockwave therapy helps reduce muscle spasticity after stroke

Shockwave therapy is slowly entering the field of stroke rehabilitation in treating muscle spasticity. It works by sending high-pressure sound waves into the muscles which cause the body to produce nitric oxide (a substance in the body that helps cells communicate). As a result, it causes muscles to function more normally.   Strokes result in…

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Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of a recurrent stroke

It is an unfortunate fact that having one stroke increases the risk of another stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, one-quarter of people who have a stroke will have another stroke in their lifetime. Stroke patients understandably want to know how to reduce their risk of a recurrent stroke. But compared to the research…

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Seeing your muscles flex during therapy – using ultrasound imaging as biofeedback in stroke therapy

Ever wish you could see inside your body to know how things are working?  Thanks to a new idea, it is now possible and has been found to be extremely useful. Stroke patients can now actually see their muscles contract and relax during therapy. Strokemark encountered this exciting new technique in a private clinic in…

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The most general thing one can say about exercise and the reducing the risk of a recurrent stroke: no matter what, you have to move!

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. People with a history of stroke are at increased risk of additional strokes or cardiovascular events. They have more than a 25% risk of recurrence within five years. There are many well-known risk factors for stroke and recurrent stroke. Hypertension, elevated…

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When ancient eastern medicine meets modern science – electroacupuncture can help in the chronic phase after stroke

In China, many believe an energy flow in the body known as Chi determines health. This energy flow connects points throughout the body to maintain balance.  When part of the flow is blocked, then the passage needs to be reopened to restore this balance.  How can this be done?  Many believe through acupuncture. Hitting certain…

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You probably never thought this could work – a new way to improve swallowing after stroke

Mankind has always been fascinated with electricity. Especially with the idea that it provides the ‘spark’ behind our most complex computer – the human brain. One of the applications for this phenomenon is using transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. This method involves delivering a very small amount of electricity to the brain via electrodes attached…

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Good news: you can heal the brain while toning and strengthening the body!

We all hear that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Here’s yet another argument why you should get active!  Cognitive impairments like poor decision making, lack of attention, decreased thinking speed and memory loss are prevalent after a stroke. More than 80% of stroke patients experience problems with cognition in addition to their physical…

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In the chronic phase of a stroke? There’s something you need to know about exercise

The conventional wisdom about stroke rehabilitation is that most recovery happens early. Most improvement occurs within the first few days to weeks after injury. As time progresses, one sees less recovery. Doctors often tell stroke patients to start recovery right away because the benefits of rehabilitation decrease over time. You can’t blame recovering stroke patients…

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