Art Therapy Addresses Psychosocial Issues After a Stroke

Henry Hoffman
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Last modified on May 15th, 2020


Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when oxygen and nutrients are unable to reach the brain, because of either a blood clot or a ruptured artery. When brain cells are starved of oxygen, they die, and the function those cells provide is impacted. The effect of a stroke depends on many variables, including the location of the obstruction or rupture and how much brain tissue is damaged. Without proper and immediate medical treatment, a stroke may cause long-term disabilities. Most post-stroke therapy focuses on recovering function. For example, physical therapy works to improve mobility and balance, occupational therapy is designed to increase independence with tasks of daily living, and speech therapy treats speech, language and swallowing problems. However, stroke patients may also experience psychosocial problems, such as depression or anxiety. Art therapy has proven to be an effective solution.

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Gaining a Functional Hand after a Stroke

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Last modified on September 6th, 2022


Currently, there are more than 6 million stroke survivors in the United States. Unfortunately, approximately 80 percent of stroke survivors experience some type of motor deficit as a result of their stroke. These deficits often include diminished strength in the hands, which can make the basic tasks many of us may take for granted a challenge.  This can result in everyday functions such as cutting food or getting dressed becoming exhausting and burdensome.

On the positive side, the range of stroke treatment options is now more sophisticated than ever. Stroke survivors may be able to reverse the effects of stroke with a rehabilitation program focused on hand strengthening exercises proven to overcome motor deficits. Having access to the right treatment strategies can have a major impact on a survivor’s recovery. It is important to utilize the right tools during the recovery process to assist with hand impairments both short-term and long-term.

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Stroke Survivor Gives His First Thumbs Up!

Friday, March 8th, 2019
Last modified on December 29th, 2019


Stroke survivor give his first thumbs up! ….and owes a part of his success to Mirror Box therapy!

Coy’s life before his stroke on December 2, 2018, was fun and fulfilling. He gathered regularly with friends and family, was a talented fast-talking auctioneer, traveled all over to tractor shows, and raised family of goats on a small farm. Like many other stroke survivors, Coy’s stroke caused his right dominant arm and hand to be almost entirely paralyzed. He also struggled to pay attention to his affected side—a very common yet disabling condition that can be a safety concern and interferes with regaining use of the weaker side.

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What Is Ataxia? Cerebellar Stroke Effects Treatment

Henry Hoffman
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Last modified on August 26th, 2022


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As the more than 6 million stroke survivors in the United States know all too well, a stroke can change someone’s life in an instant. Strokes cause damage to the brain and may lead to a host of physical and cognitive impairments that can be difficult for survivors and their loved ones to cope with. A cerebellar stroke in particular is a rare type of stroke that may cause a loss of coordination, as well as other deficits that can contribute to a reduced overall quality of life. However, it is possible to restore smooth, coordinated motor functions with the right training regimen and proper guidance.

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Communicating After a Stroke: What Is Aphasia?

Henry Hoffman
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Last modified on May 15th, 2020


Currently, strokes are one of the leading causes of long-term disability around the globe. Millions of stroke survivors struggle with a range of after effects that impact not only their physical capabilities but, at times, their ability to communicate. It’s estimated that up to 40 percent of stroke survivors will experience aphasia, a disorder that impairs a patient’s ability to process language, impeding speech, reading, and writing. In some instances, these communication and speech impairments may be temporary and fade over time. However, for most patients, restoring or improving communication skills requires intensive rehabilitation. In the past, it was commonly believed that speech improvement was only possible during the first few weeks of recovery, however, it is now known that it is possible to improve speech months and possibly even years after a stroke. With an effective stroke treatment strategy and consistent practice, the brain can be retrained to compensate for communication deficits. In this post, we will discuss the different types of aphasia and also how to improve speech after a stroke.

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After attaching the tension bands, my fingers began to feel incredibly alive!

Monday, February 18th, 2019
Last modified on September 29th, 2020


Black with blue lycra finger panels of the SaeboGlove rehabilitation glove.

I was hesitant to try the SaeboGlove because, over the years, I have spent so much money on devices that I thought would be helpful for my situation but then have turned out to be just a waste of money.

Definitely not the case with the SaeboGlove.

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The Importance of Home Therapy Programs for Stroke Patients

Henry Hoffman
Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Last modified on September 6th, 2022


Navigating the stages of stroke recovery is a personal, individualized process. During this transition, stroke therapy and treatment programs should be fine-tuned to each person’s specific needs and lifestyle. Stroke treatment at home offers familiarity and comfort during a time of great stress. Home therapy can incorporate all the necessary exercises for rehabilitation while remaining flexible and adaptable to a survivor’s schedule, needs, and preferences.

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How to Prevent or Minimize the Plateau Phase After a Stroke

Henry Hoffman
Monday, February 11th, 2019
Last modified on September 6th, 2022


The stroke rehabilitation process throughout the first several months of stroke recovery can be intense, with dramatic inclines and declines in progress that can encourage and depress survivors. Weakness and paralysis are common effects of stroke and adjusting to the demands of recovery may require significant lifestyle changes.

Establishing and gaining momentum towards a stroke survivor’s goals is key to thwarting an often-frustrating phenomenon– the plateau phase. What does “plateau” mean? A plateau period is a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. During a plateau, it may feel as though the initial positive progress was the end of successful rehabilitation and that no further improvement is possible. But for many, a plateau period or plateau phase is quite common and even to be expected. Understanding this will help both survivors and caregivers avoid the derailment of recovery by losing hope, motivation, and persistence.

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Pontine Stroke: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Henry Hoffman
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Last modified on August 26th, 2022


Pontine Stroke Causes, Symptoms, and Treatmemnt

Pontine Stroke Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While some individuals may experience long-term motor deficits as a result of a stroke, it’s possible for stroke survivors to make a full recovery with immediate medical attention and an effective stroke rehabilitation program. A pontine cerebrovascular accident (also known as a pontine CVA or pontine stroke) is a type of ischemic stroke that affects the pons region of the brain stem. A pontine stroke can be particularly devastating and may lead to paralysis and the rare condition known as Locked-in Syndrome (LiS). Fortunately, it has been estimated that up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. In this post, we will discuss the underlying anatomy of the brain stem, pontine stroke risk factors, and how to prevent a stroke naturally.

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I can see excellent benefits and results in terms of returned sensation, overall safety, and function.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Last modified on May 15th, 2020


As a therapist, I have struggled with treating sensory loss for many years.   I have found there to be limited treatment options available, and those that are available have limited effectiveness.   I have recently begun trialing the SaeboStim Micro to assist with recovery from sensory loss and am thoroughly impressed with the results!

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