Does the first medically approved exoskeleton really help in stroke rehabilitation?

There is a growing effort to improve gait rehabilitation for stroke patients by using advanced technical devices. Interestingly, some technological advances are actually inspired by nature. Exoskeletons are well-known in the animal kingdom. Lobsters, crabs, and some spiders have these external skeletal systems as their support. It turns out that a new robotic device mimics this type…

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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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This is what you should do to maximize power in your affected leg after a stroke

After a stroke, many patients experience paralysis on one side of the body. As a result, these patients commonly have trouble maintaining a regular walking pattern. However, researchers have recently discovered that this pattern can be improved by changing your posture while training. This finding supports something referred to as the learned non-use phenomenon. What is…

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Exercise plus brain stimulation — the winning combination for stroke recovery!

‘Stroke changes lives’ is a simple thing to say, but the real meaning is not so easy to comprehend. What is clear, however, is that a large proportion of stroke patients (more than 60%) experience some form of ongoing impairment to the nervous system. This damage can cause long-term disability and affect daily living. And…

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