Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
The plasticity of a cell refers to its ability to change. Every time you make a movement (or your brain thinks you are), the brain is building connections. In the case of a stroke survivor, parts of the brain may have experienced damage and thus new connections are being formed. When a person loses the ability to move part of the body due to damage, those areas must be repopulated with healthy connecting neurons to regain full movement. The brain repurposes cells that control other parts and trains them to be used for new tasks. In the case of stroke survivors, neuroplasticity can be harnessed to their advantage in rehabilitation. Approaches like mirror therapy and visualization use neuroscientific principles to rehabilitate areas of the brain so survivors can regain control of their thinking and independent ability to complete daily tasks.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
If someone in your family has a stroke, you may experience a significant change in your life. That person will need great care and support, and there may be a variety of emotional and behavioral changes that you’ll have to be prepared for. This can especially be the case if the stroke occurs at a young age. Not only will a stroke survivor need guidance and encouragement, but a young person recovering from a stroke will need assistance with a wide range of other tasks. According to an article published by Stroke Research and Treatment Magazine, there are many outcomes that “are attributable to the effects of stroke on age-normative roles and activities, self-image, and the young person’s stage in the life-cycle, especially family and work. ‘Hidden’ cognitive impairments, a disrupted sense of self, and the incongruity of suffering an ‘older person’s’ disease is salient.”
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hocoma officially launches its new sensor-based stroke therapy solution with Saebo’s innovative mobile arm support.
CHARLOTTE, NC AND VOLKETSWIL, SWITZERLAND – Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Hocoma is pleased to announce the formal launch of the ArmeoSenso, a sensor-based solution for patients with mild to moderate impairments of the upper extremity. The ArmeoSenso completes Hocoma’s modular Armeo Therapy Concept for all stages of arm and hand function recovery by allowing patients to extend their treatment beyond the clinic walls: Thanks to its easy-to-use interface and its light-weight and compact design, patients can continue to make progress in the comfort of their own home.
Friday, May 25th, 2018
When someone you love experiences a stroke, a number of difficulties will soon arise. Aside from the initial attack, there is a range of physical, emotional, and mental problems that could arise, each presenting a new set of challenges.
Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Finding a gift for a stroke survivor may seem like a daunting task but there are a variety of sensible and extremely useful gifts you can get for a friend, family member or spouse who has experienced a stroke.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Watch the video below to see how you can improve function in a flaccid hand in just 5 easy steps, using Saebo’s innovative rehabilitation technology. The video features a patient with NO finger flexion and NO finger extension prior to applying the Saebo devices. You won’t believe the results!
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
When blood flow to certain regions of the brain is cut off from a stroke, that particular communication center no longer relays messages to corresponding parts of the body. So, as with all stroke issues, the problem begins in the brain but becomes aggravated by the weakening of the body part itself. The key to rehabilitation is focusing on understanding both the mind’s neuroplasticity and the body’s physical strengthening.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Damage from a stroke often leaves arm muscles and nerves incapable of receiving messages integral to movement and manipulating objects. Stroke survivors may experience symptoms such as weakness in the arms, a lack of coordination, a change in muscle tone, and a range of issues including, but not limited to: swelling, pain, and spasticity. While this reality can present a variety of challenges to stroke survivors and emotionally tax family members and caregivers hoping to help, it’s important to remember there are options for improvement.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
After a stroke, the body needs time to recover. Neurological damage prevents the brain from properly sending the signals that trigger body movements, resulting in prolonged muscle inactivity. Though a period of rest after a stroke is necessary, too much rest can be a bad thing. If muscles in the body remain stagnant for too long, a condition called muscle atrophy will take effect. In many cases, a stroke survivor will lose neurological connections to an arm, leg, hand, or foot, and this loss accelerates muscle atrophy, making rehabilitation more difficult.
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as “right-brained” or “left-brained”? This concept is based on the brain having two hemispheres that perform different, specialized functions. Creative types have a dominant right brain, while analytical people favor the left. It is necessary to understand the functions of both hemispheres when assessing consequences of neurological damage. This knowledge helps anticipate problems that might occur and customize strategies for recovery.