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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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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