Optimizing Stroke Recovery with Cortney Jessee – Season 2 Episode 6

Henry Hoffman
Monday, May 15th, 2023
Last modified on November 7th, 2023


Hello everyone, welcome to another episode of the No Plateau podcast. I am your host, Henry Hoffman, and I’m excited to be here with you today. Today we are going to be talking about inpatient rehab process following stroke, things to consider, and things to definitely not do or avoid. The first few weeks following a stroke are critical, and we, as OTs, can either help or hurt the outcome for many of our patients. So to help me discuss all of this, I invited a wonderful colleague of mine, who spent a fair amount of time in the inpatient rehab setting. Please welcome Cortney H. Jessee, who is an occupational therapist and a board-certified stroke rehabilitation specialist. Welcome, Cortney, how are you?

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The Pathways Toward Recovery with Jessica Miller – Episode 10

Henry Hoffman
Monday, November 28th, 2022
Last modified on November 29th, 2023


Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the No Plateau Podcast. I’m your host Henry Hoffman and I’m happy to be here with you. I am excited to have back Jessica Miller, who is a fellow OT and the owner of Pathways and Neurorehabilitation Education. Welcome Jessica.

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Best Stroke Hand Recovery Exercises Using Pens

Henry Hoffman
Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
Last modified on May 15th, 2023


Strokes can be one of the leading causes of serious long-term disability. A stroke can lead to a reduction in mobility in more than half of stroke survivors from the age of 65 and older. Loss in hand function, strength, and dexterity can result from a stroke. These conditions and impairments are determined by the location and severity of the stroke. Today, there are many ways to regain hand function after a stroke or neurological injury.

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Are You At Risk For Poor Hand Recovery After Stroke?

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Last modified on June 2nd, 2022


Successful hand recovery after stroke requires more than a few stretching exercises and weekly visits to your physical therapist. An effective hand recovery program is comprehensive and involves stretching, strengthening, and even mental practice exercises! To find out if you might be at risk for poor hand recovery, take our quiz below!

Foot Drop Recovery: Definition, Causes, & Recovery Solutions

Henry Hoffman
Monday, August 16th, 2021
Last modified on September 28th, 2022


Foot drop, also known as drop foot, is the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot (National Institute of Neurological Disorders). It can be a temporary or permanent situation, so address this as soon as you see any signs. Foot drop is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying muscular, neurological, or anatomical disorder. This blog will educate you on what foot drop is, common reasons that it occurs, and also possible treatment options.

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Mental Practice for Stroke Recovery: Using the Mind to Reclaim Movement

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Last modified on May 16th, 2023


Mental Practice Exercises for Stroke Recovery

Recovering from a stroke takes hard work, dedication and…imagination? While it might seem like a far-fetched statement, using only the mind to reclaim movement can be a reality for many stroke survivors.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Spasticity Treatment, Symptoms, and Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Last modified on September 6th, 2022


Traumatic brain injury, traumatic brain injury spasticity, spasticity in traumatic brain injury, spasticity after tbi, spasticity, what is spasticity, spasticity symptoms, muscle spasticity symptoms, decrease spasticity, stroke spasticity treatment, post stroke spasticity treatment, spasticity treatment exercises, spasticity treatment, how to decrease spasticity, how to treat spasticity, Techniques to decrease spasticity, muscle spasticity treatment.

Spasticity is a common symptom or after-effect of a host of medical conditions including traumatic brain injuries, that affects millions of individuals around the globe. This neuromuscular condition is characterized by motor impairments and weakness, and managing it can be trying for both patients and their loved ones. Every instance of spasticity is unique, and effective rehabilitation will require a personalized approach utilizing the latest evidence-based techniques. Fortunately, there are several spasticity treatments patients can try to help overcome the symptoms associated with this condition. Patients can decrease spasticity related stiffness, improve fine motor skills, and reduce the frequency of severe muscle spasms with the right strategy and assistive devices, like the state-of-the-art spasticity orthotics offered by Saebo.

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Neuroplasticity: Stimulating Your Brain to Enhance Stroke Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Friday, April 26th, 2019
Last modified on May 25th, 2023


While a stroke is effectively an attack of the brain, just as myocardial infarction is an attack of the heart, the brain does fight back against the damage caused by a stroke, and that’s what provides the best opportunity for stroke recovery. Generally, a stroke cuts off the flow of blood to the brain, thereby depriving brain cells of oxygen. If those cells go without oxygen long enough, they die, and brain function decreases. The recovery process relies on the ability of the brain to heal itself through neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity occurs when brain cells regenerate, re-establish, and rearrange neural connections in response to the damage inflicted by a stroke. In effect, the brain works around the dead cells and attempts to construct other neural pathways to compensate. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are designed to spark neuroplasticity, encouraging the brain to correct mental and physical deficits. The brain also temporarily increases its natural neuroplasticity in response to traumatic damage, which is why it’s so important to begin the rehabilitation process shortly after a stroke occurs.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Aid Stroke Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Last modified on May 25th, 2023


Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States, and the extent and permanence of stroke-related disabilities depend on one thing — oxygen. Strokes cause damage by disrupting the flow of oxygen to the brain, leading to brain cell death. Depending on the part of the brain affected, the stroke patient may suffer functional disabilities. Rehabilitation strategies center around stimulating the brain so that it can repair or work around the damaged cells, creating new connections and neural pathways. However, what works for one stroke patient may not work for another. One alternative treatment that may be successful in improving physical and mental function after a stroke is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Even years after a stroke, HBOT has reversed or reduced resulting disabilities.

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Benefits of Yoga for Stroke Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Friday, April 19th, 2019
Last modified on May 25th, 2023


Yoga Can Aid Stroke Recovery

According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the fifth most common cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. While some individuals do recover completely from a stroke, almost two-thirds are left with lingering physical deficits. The goal of physical and occupational therapy is to a

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