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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Finding health again after a stroke: how mind-body exercises can help

Health involves a relationship between the mind and body. That’s why many researchers have investigated the power of exercise practices that incorporate both. Traditional rehabilitation involves physical therapy or device-assisted therapy.  These types of treatment focus on the physical impairments that patients suffer after a stroke. But, what about looking to our friends in the…

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It takes a team…getting the help you need with home-based stroke rehabilitation

The old African proverb tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. The more people involved to offer the child support, the better chances that child has to thrive. Canadian researchers have learned that this also applies to providing care to stroke patients in the form of community stroke rehabilitation teams. These…

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Combining two Eastern therapies can help patients with spasticity

  Are you one of the 40% of stroke patients experiencing pain and impaired movement due to spasticity or spasms?  While there are many rehabilitation options available for spasms, they can be costly. In fact, some therapies only produce temporary relief and cause additional adverse effects. Because of these limitations, researchers are continuously looking for…

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Virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation: an update

If you’re a regular visitor to Strokemark, you already know something about virtual reality (VR). VR is the interactive video gaming technology that is showing considerable promise as a safe and relatively inexpensive approach to post-stroke arm, hand, and mind training. As is often the case with new technologies, things are moving fast in the…

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Can just thinking actually activate your muscles after stroke?

Have you ever pictured yourself performing a difficult task before you attempt it? You wouldn’t be alone. Creating and rehearsing experiences in your head is a common tactic for many, including high-profile athletes. This technique, known as mental imagery, is a well-established exercise in sports science. Elite athletes, from tennis legend Billie Jean King to…

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Self-management in stroke rehabilitation: take control of your recovery

In post-stroke recovery, it’s not uncommon to feel like that you’ve lost some of the control you once had in your life. Regaining this sense of independence, this confidence in your decisions (clinically measured as self-efficacy or outcome expectation) is one of the main goals of rehabilitation. The use of stroke self-management programs is one…

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