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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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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Vary your stroke training to improve your walking!

Ever get tired of the same exercise routine day in and day out? It turns out there may be more reasons to change up your training than just getting bored. Even professional athletes vary their workouts because they can get better results. And for someone who has just suffered a stroke, rehabilitation is a lot…

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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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Exercise and 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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