A woman recovers from sensory problems after a stroke – find out how!

Problems with sensation are common for stroke survivors. Up to 85% of stroke patients will suffer from some form of sensory impairment. It’s one thing to exercise weak muscles during recovery, but how can we help sensations heal? Right now, there isn’t a good strategy for the recovery of sensation impairments after a stroke. However,…

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A single session in front of a mirror can change your brain

Mirror therapy (MT) is a rehabilitation technique that involves the use of a mirrored box to improve motor skills and persistent pain following stroke or injury. Studies show that mirror therapy can be helpful for one-sided upper extremity impairment and pain, although how it works is not entirely clear. Mirror therapy is usually implemented by…

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New exercise plan videos are a possibility for tech-savvy patients; some patients report good results

Does technology have a place in home rehab efforts? Many rehab facilities use computer games and simulations to help patients. However, no one has examined technology’s role after the patient goes home. Fortunately, two studies from Australia tackled this topic. And, their results were interesting. If you are comfortable with technology, you may benefit from receiving…

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Virtual reality games prove popular among stroke patients and therapists, laying the groundwork for video game-based therapies

If you are like most stroke patients who have to repeat the same exercise over and over, you have probably wished for an easier way. You know that those exercises help you heal, but they are so boring! Fortunately, a team from Canada is studying how to make post-stroke recovery more fun. They just completed…

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Play your way to better health – virtual gaming to improve hemiparesis

If you are suffering the effects of hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body) caused by stroke, you could benefit from the FEATHERS computer gaming system.  This online gaming system allows patients to practice using both hands at the same time. The software consists of two applications. FEATHERS Motion synchronizes the controller and cursor…

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Be aware of over-focusing when doing two things at a time

Post-stroke patients usually want to guide their movements consciously. However, the process of multitasking may lead to jerky moves and less than perfect performance. If you need to think about your physical actions, you may benefit from doing only one task at a time. Try to concentrate on your walking. But, if you must think…

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Take the power back: self-management in post-stroke rehabilitation

There is an old proverb that says ‘knowledge is power.’ And when it comes to stroke rehabilitation, a little knowledge can go a long way. It stands to reason that with a better understanding of your condition, and of the processes and rationale behind the rehabilitation, you can reap greater benefits. This is the underlying…

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Problems with your vision after a stroke? This is what you can do right now

Many people will tell you that when it comes to rehabilitation, it’s better to start early. Not only from a motivational point of view, but from a medical point of view. Conditions become harder to treat as they enter a more chronic phase. This reasoning holds true for many areas of stroke rehabilitation. However, the…

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In the chronic phase of a stroke? There’s something you need to know about exercise

The conventional wisdom about stroke rehabilitation is that most recovery happens early. Most improvement occurs within the first few days to weeks after injury. As time progresses, one sees less recovery. Doctors often tell stroke patients to start recovery right away because the benefits of rehabilitation decrease over time. You can’t blame recovering stroke patients…

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