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

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, July 18th, 2019


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


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Spasticity is a common symptom or after-effect of a host of medical conditions and injuries, affecting 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, 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


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


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


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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5 Ways to Maximize Your Recovery Potential

Henry Hoffman
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019


When you or a loved one suffers a stroke, the first question is often, “How can I recover as quickly as possible?” To take full advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, it’s important to seek out the most optimal care and rehabilitation plan. Additionally, your overall physical and mental health are directly linked with the success of your stroke therapy. Exercise improves mental wellbeing and keeps the body healthy and strong, maximizing its capacity to heal. Even with a consistent exercise regimen, however, some psychological roadblocks should be expected. Depression is common after a stroke, and must be taken just as seriously as any other symptom or illness.

That said, understanding the challenges that may arise during the stroke recovery process can help prepare you to make a successful recovery.

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Mirror Box Therapy Exercises for Stroke Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, January 24th, 2019


Mirror Box Therapy Exercises for Stroke Recovery

Nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes in the United States annually, and more than 80 percent of these individuals experience a motor deficit as a result. Reduced motor function negatively impacts independence and overall quality of life for millions of survivors around the globe. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate many stroke-related impairments with mirror box therapy, an innovative treatment designed to encourage neural regeneration in regions of the brain that control motor function. Mirror box therapy empowers stroke survivors with the dexterity and motor skills necessary to regain their independence. This guide is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about this revolutionary treatment: What is a mirror box, and how does mirror therapy work?

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13 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Stroke Recovery

Henry Hoffman
Saturday, September 8th, 2018


Worldwide, stroke accounts for 6.2 million deaths a year and is the leading cause of disability. Fortunately, there are things that you can do after a stroke to improve your chances of recovery and reduce the risk of having another. Start by avoiding the following stroke recovery mistakes.

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Shoulder Recovery Devices for Stroke

Henry Hoffman
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018


Of all the areas affected by the aftermath of a stroke, damage to the shoulder can be particularly complex. Without quality movement at the shoulder, a stroke survivor is not able engage the arm and hand in functional tasks. As with all joints in the body, the shoulder requires cooperation and coordination to successfully achieve a task. Fortunately, a range of rehabilitation exercises and support devices exist to promote shoulder health.

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Ischemic Stroke Recovery Guide

Henry Hoffman
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018


 A stroke can be a devastating experience for anyone involved. Not only does a survivor have to deal with the initial attack, but also the major life changes that are sure to follow. During the recovery process, the survivor of an ischemic stroke will certainly be faced with many challenges, but this guide is meant to ensure that you, as a loved one, are prepared to provide the best possible support moving forward.

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