Get moving – why we should reduce sedentary behavior after stroke

We’ve probably all seen recent headlines telling us that “sitting kills” and that we need to get up and move. Many of us have step counters to work towards that elusive goal of 10,000 daily steps, but our modern conveniences often work against us. Right now, you are more than likely sitting down to read…

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Tips and tricks to get healthier after stroke

Besides eating healthy and exercising, staying healthy involves other lifestyle habits such as avoiding alcohol and smoking, having a healthy weight, and taking care of your other medical problems. People who exercise regularly and eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies tend to live longer, and this is still true in stroke survivors. Research has shown…

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Stimulating your nerves so you can walk to a better life after stroke

More than 100 years ago, scientists already knew the benefits of stimulating nerves to help you recover function. Things as simple as massage and vibration treatments can do wonders for your recovery. Though we understand its benefits, we still don’t use this kind of therapy routinely in stroke rehab. Though we know it works, we…

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Fighting inactivity after stroke – why you should be working out years after a stroke

Exercise is good for you, and even suffering a stroke doesn’t excuse you from working out! No matter if you’ve just had a stroke a week ago, or a year ago, the prescription is the same. The best recipe for better health is 20-60 minutes of aerobics, such as walking or swimming, 3-5 days a week.…

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Setting goals in stroke rehabilitation can make a difference

What makes a successful rehabilitation effort and who calls the shots during it? Most medical professionals officially subscribe to a “person-centered” approach directed, in large part, by the patient. But is this an aspiration or a reality? A recent survey of the available literature looks at barriers to person-centeredness and how to get past them.…

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Let’s get physical: just because you’re down after a stroke, it doesn’t mean you have to be out

It never hurts to keep an eye on your health. And this is especially true when you’re in recovery from stroke. But with the lifestyle changes that accompany stroke, it isn’t always easy to keep on top of things. Take aerobic exercise, for example. Depending on the extent of your disability you might think that…

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Recovering from stroke with the comforts of home

Rather than going to therapy, what if therapy could come to you? Traditionally, most stroke patients have to stay at a rehab center or travel to the closest one near their home. On top of having new disabilities and having to work out harder than ever, they have to arrange for their own transportation or…

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Is a group-based approach to memory training after a stroke better than doing it alone?

With stroke being recognized as one of the most common causes of long-term disability, it might sometimes feel like your path to recovery was set long before you even experienced a stroke. But the reality is that there is still much that is unknown. And while clinical research plays a role in improving our understanding…

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