Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
After someone suffers a stroke, there are several conditions that need attention. One of these is impaired motor function, or the loss of movement or use of a particular body part.
Friday, February 10th, 2017
Strokes can come with little to no warning, but quite frequently, they reveal issues that had been building up for some time. And when those problems clearly present themselves, patients and caregivers can move ahead armed with the latest research and medical advice for preventing a relapse.
Friday, February 10th, 2017
There are a number of ties between physical activity and reduced risk for stroke. Studies have shown that individuals who remain physically active as they get older are between 25 and 30 percent less likely to experience a stroke. Physical activity also plays a huge role in the lives of individuals who do end up experiencing one as it helps in the recovery process.
Exercise after a stroke is a vital factor in regaining function, so finding and participating in exercises that are fun, rather than tedious or boring, can make a big difference during rehab and recovery. It can be difficult to find the motivation to rehab after a stroke, but fun activities help stroke patients stick with their recommended regimens.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Victims of a stroke, especially those with substantial brain damage, may see both their lives and those of their families change drastically post stroke. The sufferer has to adapt to life without certain capabilities and settle into a different way of living than what they were used to, which has social consequences.
However, improvements in brain activity through neurorehabilitation in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and the like, have proven promising in recovering these abilities. With successful neurorehabilitation, patients have hope to reclaim both their movement and their previous quality of life.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Stroke patients often face an unfortunate reality—80 percent of them will not regain full use of their arm and hand movements. Strokes are one of the most common causes of physical disability, and many stroke survivors suffer continued effects from impairment, like an inability to return to work and having limited independence. Early, intensive rehabilitation offers the best outcome, but only one-third of patients discharged after immediate medical treatment will continue the recommended therapy at home.
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Those who have survived a stroke may experience neurological damage that leads to deficiencies in their sensory and motor systems, such as limited use in their hands and/or arms. This damage also affects the sensory communication to the brain and impairs the ability to touch, feel, or be aware of joint movement. The combination of motor and sensory impairments significantly impacts stroke patients’ capacity to perform daily activities.
Monday, October 10th, 2016
Medical treatments save lives. Stroke victims who seek immediate treatment have the best chance to survive and eventually recover. But non-fatal strokes often have long-term debilitating consequences. Patients may require extensive therapy from skilled occupational therapists to reclaim their ability to speak, be mobile, and simply function in their daily lives.
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.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
First, let’s distinguish the differences between stroke rehab and stroke recovery because they are two distinct terms.
Friday, May 20th, 2016
Brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the substrate of most recovery from stroke. One of the most fundamental drivers of cortical rewiring in stroke survivors is salience. Salience is a term used in neuroscience to describe the phenomenon that the brain pays attention to what it finds important.
Stroke survivors and treating clinicians would do well to focus on the importance of salience. Michael Merzenich, the great neuroscientist who developed the cochlear implant, puts the importance of salience this way, “If it’s not important to you, it won’t be important to your brain.” For example, when is the last time you did an algebraic equation? Algebra is not salient — not important — to most of us.