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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Botox may be the key to reducing pain after stroke

With so many things in life, proportion and moderation are the keys to happiness. A drink with coworkers at happy hour can be pleasant and social. But overindulging may lead to awkward situations. The same principle of moderation applies when we are talking about specific stroke treatments. Even deadly poisons like Botulinum toxins can be…

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Let games tell you how you’re doing after stroke – why virtual reality can help you recover swallowing function

Games are more than just fun for stroke patients. They can help a stroke patient recover, even from difficulties swallowing. These difficulties have a huge impact on quality of life. Many stroke patients can’t feel their own throat like they used to, and it’s a common issue that prevents proper swallowing. Being unable to swallow…

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Another study that tells us the same story: don’t forget your strength training after a stroke!

Everyone knows exercise is good for you. But figuring out which exercises to do and how often to do them is a whole different story. Should you focus on lifting weights or try your hand at Pilates? As it turns out, not all exercise is equal. In fact, aerobic training impacts an entirely different type…

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