Chronic phase stroke recovery – one man’s journey 23 years after his stroke. Don’t believe the window of opportunity myth!

It is very well known that the extent and the time of stroke recovery are variable. However, there is a common misconception in stroke rehabilitation that there is a six-month window for recovery.  That’s because, within this time, most healing happens, aided by the body’s natural process. Beyond this time, it is harder to see…

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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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Commercial pilot grounded by a stroke: managed to fly again!

June 16, 2011, passengers board a commercial flight from Frankfurt Airport to JFK. The captain of the flight begins his announcement, “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking….” This is your typical international flight: passengers settle in, flight attendants prepare for take-off. But, we need to mention one very important detail. The…

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Find out how one man recovered his senses after a stroke

One of the most common problems that people suffer after a stroke is a loss of sensation. Doctors still have a hard time figuring out what’s best to help patients recover this after a stroke. Strokemark has reported on other studies where Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) helped patients. However, the researchers in this study took…

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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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You can improve years after a stroke: a German study changes our preconceptions about aphasia treatment

When it comes to stroke therapy and rehabilitation, the general acceptance is that sooner is better. Take the treatment of aphasia (the speech difficulties that often follow a stroke), for example. Guidelines recommend intensive speech and language therapy for chronic aphasia (aphasia lasting more than 6 months). However, there is a long-held belief that these…

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