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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Conscious or subconscious – what type of exercise is better for your core after a stroke?

You might remember your parents telling you to sit up straight. Or asking you not to slouch at the dinner table. Whatever the situation, they were reminding you of the importance of good posture. And though this message is one you’ve heard before, we are reminding you again because it is especially true for patients…

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Don’t forget the caregiver – why caregivers of stroke survivors need some TLC too

When a stroke survivor comes home from the hospital, everyone’s focused on helping him get better. But, behind the scenes of all the rehabilitation, the caregiver suffers too. Suddenly, caregivers now have to take over many of the tasks that the stroke survivor can no longer do and make sure that their loved one is…

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Mirror movements: don’t let your body trick you into slowing your stroke recovery!

Getting things back to normal following stroke takes time and energy. So, it’s understandable if your attention wanes a little from time to time. But these lapses in concentration could be more of a limiting factor to your rehabilitation than you realize. A new study suggests that they might increase the likelihood of ‘mirror movements’.…

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Combining therapies – it worked for one stroke patient, even years after the stroke!

Most of the time, recovery years after a stroke is rare. The prognosis at that point is poor, and most people accept that their deficits are permanent. One man, however, was able to achieve the unthinkable. He was able to improve his function and activity despite suffering severe weakness in half his body. How did…

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Make good use of your downtime and get more out of your stroke rehab

We all can probably move a little more, get ourselves off the sofa and get active. But just how much inactive time do we have a day, and could we be doing something else in that time? These questions are particularly relevant for patients recovering from a stroke. A well-structured rehabilitation program is essential to…

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