How can you reduce the risk of falling after a stroke?

Falls are common following a stroke. They can have serious consequences both physically and psychologically. Physically, they can lead to injuries such as fractures. Emotionally, they can lead to fears, which can lead to decreased physical activity and social isolation. The incidence of falls among stroke survivors and their potential consequences led a group of researchers…

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Ancient Chinese health-promoting exercise shows promise for stroke-induced symptoms

As we know from other Strokemark articles, sometimes a therapy designed for one thing can help as a therapy for something else. This is exactly the case when it comes to the ancient Chinese exercise of Baduanjin. This traditional health-promoting exercise was originally created to help soldiers recover from injuries in ancient China and prepare…

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Find out how a balance board from the gaming world successfully enters rehabilitation

Isn’t everyone looking for balance in their lives? Whether we are talking about work-life balance, balancing many responsibilities at once, or literally, being able to stabilize as we walk, it is crucial.  And, a dysfunction in physical ability can increase the risk of falling. Many stroke patients experience balance problems, which is why training it…

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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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Leg strength isn’t enough—practice your walking motion

Rehabilitation after a stroke is oftentimes more focused on improving leg strength rather than on walking motion. You may have felt that regaining leg strength was the most critical issue. However, a new study from South Africa shows that relearning walking motion is more important directly following a stroke. In places with limited medical experience…

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Be aware of over-focusing when doing two things at a time

Post-stroke patients usually want to guide their movements consciously. However, the process of multitasking may lead to jerky moves and less than perfect performance. If you need to think about your physical actions, you may benefit from doing only one task at a time. Try to concentrate on your walking. But, if you must think…

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Botox can improve your foot position and foot function

Following a stroke, many people find themselves with a condition called spastic equinovarus foot (SEVF), where feet are contorted into an improper position. This painful condition can make walking or standing difficult. SEVF is caused by spasticity or constant tension in certain leg muscles. A new study from Turkey shows that Botox treatment may help…

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