Let’s talk about core! How working on your trunk stability might help you after a stroke

Having trunk stability has a lot to do with being able to walk. A strong core holds the rest of your body together, allowing balance as you move. It would seem like a no-brainer then that trunk exercises should theoretically help stroke patients recover their walking abilities. But whether or not this is true has…

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Cycling news: cycling with maximal effort after stroke helps normalize gait

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic evaluated 18 stroke patients who developed partial paralysis of one lower limb. The researchers wanted to see if progressively more difficult cycling could improve the function of the affected leg. They did this by having the patients ride a unique bike that could measure how hard their legs were working.…

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Trunk stabilization – be the first to read about the benefits

Regaining walking ability after a stroke requires hard work on the part of the patient. However, innovations from scientists can help in this process. A research group from Japan recently invented a device that enhances gait recovery by stabilizing the upper body. Their invention is called trunk orthotic with resistive force, or TORF. It is…

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Stabilizing your ankle early or later during rehab: does it matter?

Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are custom-made, supportive braces intended to control ankle position. They compensate for weakness and correct deformities. They are frequently used to improve walking after stroke, despite a lack of evidence regarding when to initiate the therapy. While many advocate an “earlier is better” mantra, clinical evidence has yet to substantiate this claim.…

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Electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation: time to think again?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been around for a while. You’ve probably seen it on the home shopping networks or online. They are the battery-operated devices with the sticky pads that give ‘electric shocks’ to stimulate your muscles. Initially developed for pain relief, you might have dismissed TENS as little more than a passing…

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The arms can give the legs a helping hand in the rehabilitation of walking

Have you ever tried moving your arms in a different pattern than your legs while walking? It’s not easy to do because of the inherent connection between the way arms and legs move. The coupling of limb movements is due to the complex wiring your nervous system uses to send signals from your brain to…

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Experts just ruled out that treadmill is just as effective as simple walking exercise you can do anywhere for free

Walking is one of the most common difficulties that stroke survivors face. That’s why one of the main goals of rehabilitation is to improve it.  Treadmill training is widely used by specialists to help patients improve their walking. But, new research shows that it may be less helpful than we initially thought. How effective are…

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