Monday, April 12th, 2021
April is Occupational Therapy Month. We sat down with Gina Kim to learn more about her OT career and journey. Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Kim is an Advisory Board Member for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and will start her new position as Neuro Occupational Therapist Clinical Specialist Johns Hopkins’ Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute in June 2021.
Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Foot drop, also known as dropped foot or drop foot, is the inability to raise the front part of the foot up toward the shin. This happens due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot (National Institute of Neurological Disorders).
Patients who suffer from foot drop often scuff their toes along the ground; they may also bend their knees to lift their foot higher than usual or swing their leg out to the side to avoid hitting their toes on the ground.
Monday, October 7th, 2019
Looking to replace the adjustable lace on your SaeboStep? Watch this video for step-by-step instructions!
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Recovering after a stroke can seem like a path that is both endless and full of obstacles. The key to resilience lies in staying optimistic and dedicating your efforts to getting better. Finding this motivation requires you to dig deep, and that’s the hardest of all.
Monday, February 20th, 2017
As a stroke survivor, you can face major life changes. In the aftermath of a stroke, you may experience a sense of loss that is rooted in the feeling that you’ve lost the life you had before your stroke, or your independence. These strong emotional reactions take a toll.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Recovering from a stroke is difficult. It takes time and puts strain on a person, both physically and emotionally. Having the support of a loved one is a crucial part of the process, providing mental and physical support when the victim needs it most. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know how to best support a loved one who has suffered from stroke. Here are a few ways that you can help a friend or loved one who is in the process of stroke recovery.
Friday, December 16th, 2016
It’s no secret that Americans struggle with proper nutrition and healthy living on a daily basis. According to the the World Health Organization, it is estimated that over 80 percent of diagnoses of heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes, along with nearly 40 percent of cancer diagnoses, could be prevented by people improving their eating and exercise habits and reducing their dependence on tobacco products.
Friday, September 9th, 2016
Having a stroke breaks vital connections between your brain and your muscles, which is why it is the leading cause of long-term disability and almost always results in some loss of mobility and movement. However, this loss isn’t necessarily permanent. In fact, rehabilitation is especially crucial during the early stages of recovery, when patients have little to no control over their affected muscles. No matter where you are in your journey toward recovery, your long-term progress will depend on a consistent physical therapy regimen. Learn why physical therapy for strokes is so helpful for stroke survivors, and what to look for as you select a facility and seek out services for stroke survivors.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
While everyday objects like clothespins and cups still play crucial roles in most patients’ journeys toward recovery, new technology is constantly changing the rehabilitation game. From video chats with doctors to robotic gloves and interactive video games, stroke recovery and rehabilitation tools have come a long way in the past decade. This new stroke recovery technology is helping link neuroplasticity and learning. A key part in recovery from a stroke.
This new stroke technology gives patients more repetitions, practice time and intensity compared to previous movement trainings. Not to mention this new technology is also more interactive, attention grabbing and really helps motivate the patient. These new technologies are really helping harness the brain’s ability to repair itself in ways that haven’t been seen before.
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Every stroke survivor has unique symptoms, but complete or partial loss of motor function is a very common side effect of stroke-related brain damage. Because certain nerves and neurological connections may have been damaged during stroke, many patients lose strength or control of the body parts they depend on for everyday tasks.
Many of these tasks revolve around food. From feeding oneself to preparing food for others, and many stroke survivors struggle to navigate the kitchen without full control of both arms or hands. Fortunately, many adaptive utensils and kitchen aids are designed to accommodate patients’ needs during stroke recovery. At Saebo, we’ve researched some of the top adaptive kitchen aids for stroke recovery. Here are just a few of our favorites.