High-intensity workouts improve stroke recovery

Engaging in a fitness program is important for everyone. And we all know how hard it can be to find the motivation to start one. However, for people who have suffered a stroke, the hurdles of getting started can be even greater. Stroke survivors have almost half the cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and require 40% to…

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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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Regaining balance after a stroke takes practice: getting biofeedback may help

Many Strokemark articles report on the benefits of biofeedback and this one does too. Recently, a Polish researcher discovered that using multiple forms of biofeedback can help patients improve their balance. And since balance is vital to health and safety, this is a significant development. Giving patients both audio and visual feedback enhanced standard rehabilitation…

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The benefit of combining Botox therapy with intensive rehabilitation after a stroke

It seems like Botox can do more for you than save you from some wrinkles. Did you know that Botox can help you with your stroke rehabilitation? One of the most important aspects of improving your walking ability and overall independence is treating any leg or foot spasticity that you may have due to stroke.…

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It does not feel like treatment, but video games can help your stroke recovery

Recently, studies have shown that video games might provide more than just fun and entertainment. Israeli researchers decided to look at how video games might help patients suffering from the chronic aftereffects of a stroke. Israeli researchers investigated a new twist to occupational therapy by looking at a community-based video game group intervention. So why…

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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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