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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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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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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A new study came up with an amazing way to boost recovery: replaying movements in your mind

Physical rehabilitation is a critical element to regaining the ability to move and perform everyday activities following a stroke. However, severely injured patients might experience little to no ability to move affected limbs. This greatly hampers their potential for recovery. With these patients in mind, doctors and researchers have looked for other options to jump-start…

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This Hollywood trend has just been declared effective in stroke recovery

If you’ve never tried a Pilates class, you might want to check one out. Recent studies suggest that doing Pilates may help improve life quality for chronic stroke patients. Pilates is a fun workout that incorporates balls, magic rings, and therabands to help you maximize stretching and toning exercises that may be difficult for you.…

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