Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
Last modified on May 15th, 2023
The damage inflicted by a stroke is unique to every patient, and so is the recovery process. It is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The brain consists of 100 billion neurons and 200 trillion synapses. It’s nearly impossible to grasp the complexity and power of this amazing organ!
During a stroke, 32,000 neurons die every second, totaling around 1.2 billion for the entire event. That’s a lot, but consider the total neurons in the brain, it’s around one percent. That means 99 percent of the brain is still intact!
A variety of exercises and movements can be used to provide cues to the brain and achieve neuroplasicity. Thanks to pioneers like Dr. Merzenich, who conducted landmark studies in the 1980’s that confirmed the adult brain is not hard-wired, practitioners have an opportunity to “rewire the brain”.
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.
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Last modified on August 30th, 2022
Stroke survivors will undoubtedly face a variety of hardships after a stroke event — physical impairments, emotional difficulties, mental disabilities — not to mention a heightened risk of a second attack. The road of rehabilitation can be a long one, but huge advances in both medical technology and therapeutic techniques have made it possible for survivors to enjoy incredible recoveries.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Last modified on August 31st, 2022
People often think of a stroke as having a profound effect on a victim’s motor functions—and it does. However, did you know that as many as two-thirds of stroke victims experience vision impairments as a result of a stroke? Not all visual impairments happen immediately after the stroke, but some victims will notice changes to their vision right away. Fortunately, like motor function, eye injuries can also improve following a stroke. With the help of specific eye-training exercises, you can rewire your brain to help improve your eye functions. If you believe your eyesight has been affected by a stroke, it’s important to learn as much as you can about overcoming these resulting eye injuries. Like other stroke-rehabilitation methods, beginning eye exercises as soon as possible after stroke will give you a better chance of recovering or improving your sight.
Monday, January 15th, 2018
Last modified on October 6th, 2022
Recovering your arm and shoulder movement after a stroke can be challenging. If you can’t easily grasp and release objects, move your arms forward, or use your arms to support your weight or you’re just starting your recovery with a Saebo solution, it’s important to incorporate helpful shoulder exercises for stroke recovery into your daily routine at home.
And that’s exactly what Occupational Therapist Hoang Tran recommends. Hoang focuses on shoulder and arm mobility at her outpatient rehabilitation center, Hands-on Therapy. She opened the Florida center in 2014 after extensive clinical experience, including more than a decade at Miami Beach’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. As a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) she specializes in pathological conditions affecting the upper extremities. Throughout her years of working with stroke survivors and other people with upper body trauma, she has learned several simple and effective techniques that you can apply in your own home to speed up your recovery.
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
Last modified on September 2nd, 2022
Saebo is excited to partner with Work Your M.O.T.O.R. in the development of a new home exercise mobile app for patients. Work your M.O.T.O.R (Motivating Occupational Therapists Optimizing Rehab) is an online exercise program for anyone who has had a stroke or brain injury. The exercises are light, fun and creative to help continue your recovery at home. The Work Your M.O.T.O.R staff has over 25 years combined experience working as occupational therapists in both inpatient and outpatient settings specializing in stroke rehabilitation. The exercise team has the added benefit of real life stroke survivors who understand what you are going through, every step of the way. Work Your M.O.T.O.R series include: stretching, upper and lower body strengthening, standing balance, core exercises and fine motor coordination. Each workout is 20 minutes or less and can be completed from the comfort of your own home.
Research shows physical activity reduces your stroke risk by between 25% and 30%. Exercise also increases your chance of regaining function after a stroke. After suffering a stroke, survivors who don’t begin an exercise regimen may experience additional, preventable problems such as physical deconditioning and fatigue. Any amount of physical activity is a positive step for stroke survivors. Over time, even light activity such as walking around the block or doing laundry will contribute to physical improvements and help prevent further deterioration. However, activities of moderate intensity are even more beneficial for your health. If you want to reclaim a specific function, for example, you should incorporate a variety of at-home exercises to target individual body parts. Remember, a full recovery is only possible if you take direct action to reclaim function in the months and years that follow. By following an exercise program that targets specific areas and functions, you can reclaim your coordination, strength, and range of motion throughout your body.
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Last modified on December 29th, 2019
Strokes take a huge toll on the human body. They can cause anything from paralysis and speech loss to blurry vision, fatigue, and loss of mobility. Sadly, there is almost no part of the body that is completely safe from the effects of a stroke.
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Last modified on September 16th, 2022
After suffering a stroke, many survivors find themselves with some loss of physical function. While much of this is due to brain damage from the stroke itself, there are additional preventable problems like physical deconditioning and fatigue that can lead to a survivor losing function. How can this be prevented? Physical activity.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Last modified on September 13th, 2022
Learning how to sit up is one of the first major milestones in a person’s life. Unfortunately, after suffering a stroke, many survivors find themselves unable to sit up or stand safely. This is because balance is critical to maintaining these positions, and a stroke can affect a person’s ability to balance in several ways.
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Last modified on September 13th, 2022
Everyone knows that exercise is good for their health, and for stroke survivors it is no different. After suffering a stroke, survivors may face numerous barriers to becoming physically active such as disability, fatigue, or depression. While they may have to start slowly and find ways to work around physical barriers, physical exercise is important to both help survivors recover and help them prevent a second stroke.