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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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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Websites that show you exercises you can do after a stroke at home – for free!

Many Strokemark articles explain the importance of exercising as much as possible. Especially when you leave the hospital or rehabilitation center, you should take action and train at home. We’ve selected three websites for you that provide routines you can do at home for free. Team up with a partner who can join and assist…

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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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