Virtual reality – how technology combines cognitive and motor training to optimize rehabilitation

Physical disabilities after a stroke get a lot of attention. But lurking behind these obvious deficits are the negative effects of stroke on your brain. It turns out that training your brain after a stroke can help in regaining physical function. By improving your ability to think, you can improve your ability to learn and…

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Using watch-like devices to record your movements – how tracking turns everyday activities into training opportunities!

If you’ve recently suffered a stroke, you know how important it is to stay active. Anyone who has some problems with their arm function needs to exercise more. The only way to improve is to train. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Training an arm impairment can be downright discouraging at times. And the only…

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The importance of setting meaningful goals in stroke rehabilitation

Setting goals after stroke is an essential part of rehabilitation. We know working together with your rehab team and family members enhances this process by ensuring the focus is on you. Collaborative goal setting improves motivation, compliance, and satisfaction with your rehabilitation routine. Despite this, few have studied the best ways to implement goal-setting tools…

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Train your brain after a stroke by seeing what’s going on inside – it also works in the chronic phase

What would you think if we told you that by getting a look at your brain activity can help you get better? It almost seems unbelievable, but it is true. By using readings from machines like an EEG (measures the electrical activity of the brain) or fMRI (images the blood flow of the brain), you…

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Pay attention! Find out how training your mind could boost your physical recovery after stroke

We all know that stroke can affect both your mind and body. But, to what extent are the two connected? Damage done to a shared pathway might cause drastic effects that may seem unrelated at first. For example, neglect is actually due to attention problems that cause problems with movement. International researchers found new evidence that…

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Music to my ears – sounds improve cognition and maximize independence after a stroke

After a stroke, independence becomes a huge priority for most patients. The disabilities that may result after a stroke often limit a person’s daily functions. That’s why rehab focuses so much on preserving a stroke patient’s function and independence. Being able to perform daily tasks and enjoy simple activities has a huge impact on quality…

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How the medicine of ancient China might treat stroke — using acupuncture to help shoulder pain

Acupuncture is an age-old medicine that uses needles to treat diseases and injuries. Many people use it to treat pain. Recently, scientists wondered if this ancient medicine could also be used for stroke rehabilitation. Could this traditional therapy really help patients with their recovery? Acupuncture in addition to modern stroke therapies The Chinese have been using…

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Go ballistic: high-intensity training in post-stroke recovery

You can be forgiven for being a little overwhelmed when it comes to stroke recovery. Not only are you dealing with a whole new way of interacting with the world around you, you’re faced with so many options that promise to help you get where you want to go faster than ever before. But should…

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Getting the balance right: could brain stimulation hold the key to recovery in post-stroke balance conditions?

Imagine losing your sense of balance. Suddenly, everything is off. You might struggle with your ability to complete daily tasks or with your confidence to go out into the world alone. Many stroke survivors have to deal with this issue. Balance is a huge part of stroke recovery. However, as important as it is, there is…

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