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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Pelvic floor muscle training after stroke offers some hope

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, urinating more frequently throughout the day, and a persistent need to urinate are all very common in patients following stroke. LUTS can be bothersome and negatively impact your overall quality of life. It’s not abnormal for many to…

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You should get at least 45 minutes a day of stroke rehab, and here’s why you may not be getting that

If you’ve suffered a stroke in the last six months, it’s probably fair to say that rehab has become a dominant feature in your life. There is a reason for this. With rehab, you get out what you put in. And with clinical guidelines supporting this ‘more is more’ approach, there shouldn’t be any reason…

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What’s shakin’? Different positions can affect your whole body vibration workout after a stroke

Anyone who ever played sports will tell you that they would be rich if they had a nickel for every time someone told them to shake it out. It may be good advice in your later years as well. Whole body vibration (WBV) is an exercise technology that uses brief exposures to high-frequency vibrations to…

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