These sensors improve your walking after a stroke – how feedback from your shoes can help you walk better

Many stroke survivors have problems walking that could potentially cause an eventual fall. Since regaining walking ability is paramount to recovery and quality of life, a lot of research focuses on improving it. Recently, scientists have developed a new technology that might help. It’s a sensor system that monitors your strides and communicates with you on…

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Shocking news (not really): electrical stimulation aids post-stroke therapy to improve leg function

After a stroke, you will likely need a bit of help getting some of your muscles to move properly. However, sometimes they need a little extra push to get them going. It turns out that electrical stimulation may be just the trick you need to help you regain muscular control. A recent review of existing…

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Go ballistic: high-intensity training in post-stroke recovery

You can be forgiven for being a little overwhelmed when it comes to stroke recovery. Not only are you dealing with a whole new way of interacting with the world around you, you’re faced with so many options that promise to help you get where you want to go faster than ever before. But should…

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Getting the balance right: could brain stimulation hold the key to recovery in post-stroke balance conditions?

Imagine losing your sense of balance. Suddenly, everything is off. You might struggle with your ability to complete daily tasks or with your confidence to go out into the world alone. Many stroke survivors have to deal with this issue. Balance is a huge part of stroke recovery. However, as important as it is, there is…

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Mirror therapy to improve leg function and walking after stroke: a review of the evidence

It’s strange to think about, but you’ve never actually seen yourself. When you look in the mirror, you are viewing merely a reflection of what you actually look like. The image is inverted, left becoming right and right becoming left. In the mid-90s, scientists studying ‘phantom pain’ wondered if they could use the image reversal…

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Got something in your shoe? Find out how a special insert can help you walk better after stroke

Recent research found that uncomfortable shoe inserts can change the walking pattern of healthy people. These special inserts have a special texture that makes it more uncomfortable when you take a step. It turns out that these inserts can help the abnormal walking pattern of stroke patients. Examining the benefits of insoles for stroke patients…

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