Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
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!
Monday, February 4th, 2019
After suffering a stroke, many survivors experience not only physical impairments but also cognitive and emotional changes. In fact, about one-third of all stroke survivors will experience emotional difficulties, and many others may demonstrate personality changes or inappropriate behaviors. These shifts in mood and behavior are often difficult for both stroke survivors and their loved ones. However, effective treatment, healthy lifestyle habits, and taking the time to develop a new perspective will aid in coping with these new challenges. Every stroke recovery is unique, and each stroke survivor will have individual preferences when it comes to therapy styles and life changes. Today, community support groups are a proven pathway for many stroke survivors to discover what works for them, offering helpful insights and resources during the recovery process. Fortunately, there are many local support groups in cities across the country that can combat isolation and frustration and help patients deal with the changes — large or small — that often follow a stroke.
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.
Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Five months post-stroke, my husband had still been having hand spasms, always when he yawned, but at other times as well. He spent a lot of time with his hand on a heating pad. After only a couple nights of using the P2 mode of the SaeboStim Micro, he was surprised to find he no longer had the spasms when yawning, and very few during the day. We are hoping for more improvement as time goes by, but the SaeboStim Micro has been a wonderful success already!
Friday, January 25th, 2019
Dysphagia is a disorder characterized by difficulty swallowing and is extremely common among survivors of stroke and other brain conditions. Dysphagia can lead to life-threatening complications like pneumonia, as well as impede a survivor’s ability to eat and negatively impact their social life. Stroke survivors and their family members need to know the signs of dysphagia, how it is treated, and the who/what/when/where/why of getting help.
Friday, January 25th, 2019
You probably know that things like high blood pressure and an unhealthy diet can increase your stroke risk, but what about stress? Can your stressful day at work lead to a medical emergency? Can stress cause a stroke?
While one stressful day is unlikely to increase your stroke risk, studies have shown that chronic, long-term stress could increase your chances of having a stroke. In fact, a widely cited 2012 study concluded that people who had experienced chronic stress in the previous year were four times more likely to suffer from a stroke, compared to those who were not under similar stress.
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
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?
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
A stroke can affect anyone.
The aftereffects of a stroke can change a person’s life by affecting their independence and ability to function. Understandably, this can be a very trying time for both a survivor and their loved ones. It is important to know the effects of stroke on fine motor function when developing exercises and activities for adults after stroke.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke every single year in the United States and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States . Many stroke survivors are prescribed blood thinners and other medications to prevent another, future stroke. Common blood thinners have proven to be effective for minimizing risk of stroke associated with blood clots, but they also come with their own set of risks that are important to understand before starting treatment. Unfortunately, blood thinners can reduce the risk of clot-related stroke only to increase the risk of stroke related to bleeding and blood vessel rupture. To prevent unwanted complications from blood thinners, patients may need to make lifestyle and adjustments moving forward. Understanding the different types of stroke, their treatments, and any potential complications can empower individuals and their loved ones to prevent a second stroke in the future.
Thursday, December 20th, 2018
I recently demoed the Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti on a patient who suffered a stroke in June 2018. He has been suffering from right shoulder pain, limiting his range of motion and overall function. The patient demonstrates difficulty activating his scapular depressors and retractors during functional movement patterns. Additionally, the patient was reporting significant pain with 8/10 consistently with movement and 6/10 at rest.