Let’s get physical: just because you’re down after a stroke, it doesn’t mean you have to be out

It never hurts to keep an eye on your health. And this is especially true when you’re in recovery from stroke. But with the lifestyle changes that accompany stroke, it isn’t always easy to keep on top of things. Take aerobic exercise, for example. Depending on the extent of your disability you might think that…

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Constraining movement after stroke – challenge your muscles and improve your walking

“It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference” according to motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. This point is important for stroke patients because most impact measurements focus on impairment, not potential. But recent research out of California shows that chronic phase stroke patients can use more and different movements than current…

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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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Good vibrations for your sole – how vibrations can help you recover balance after a stroke

Many people with stroke end up with balance problems that get in the way of their quality of life. It’s a common cause of disability for stroke patients. When you have problems balancing, you are at risk for falls, which can sometimes be fatal. These disabilities make it hard for you to take care of…

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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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