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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Vary your stroke training to improve your walking!

Ever get tired of the same exercise routine day in and day out? It turns out there may be more reasons to change up your training than just getting bored. Even professional athletes vary their workouts because they can get better results. And for someone who has just suffered a stroke, rehabilitation is a lot…

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This recovery story of a 26-year-old stroke patient starts in her inbox and ends in a bike ride

Mary is 26 years old. Five years ago, out of nowhere, she had a stroke. Back in 2013, she was only 21 years old, but her age is not as unique as you might think. Many young people, including children, can suddenly suffer from a stroke. It can hit anyone. Like many other patients, Mary…

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Watch this video: a recent Korean study suggests an easy way to improve your gait and balance

Things just got a bit easier! A recent Korean study has shown that the free and easy-to-practice circuit training (simple lower limbs and legs training) can significantly improve your balance and gait abilities. In a recent 2017 Korean study, researchers found that circuit training (such as sit to stand, one-leg standing and other lower limb…

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