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Games like card play help arm/hand stroke recovery

This is great news! Playing cards, dominos, bingo, Jenga, and ball games contribute to arm and hand recovery after a stroke in addition to your standard physio and occupational therapy program. There is another important finding here; its gains are similar to the gains from virtual reality games. In other words, if you live in low-resourced settings it does not really matter. Still, you can achieve similar improvement. It is also great news for those living in low-middle income countries. Read about: “Six rules to recover movements after stroke” About the study: The researchers1 included 141 aged 18-85 patients who…

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Mobility aids: Walking sticks

A four-legged (quad) walking stick Walking sticks or canes are a very common mobility aid used by those recovering from a stroke – not by all. Obviously, canes can give only support; that means the recovering individuals should be able to stand and walk with support. A physiotherapist should decide this. Research has shown that canes improve walking ability further. Not only that, but it also boosts self-confidence and social interactions. Other than its use as a walking aid, canes have several other practical applications such as using it as a tool to turn a switch on and off, to…

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“Two little humanoids” (Homunculus) on the brain surface

“The little humanoid”: image source: Wikimedia Commons  This journey travels through “two little humanoids” who “live” on the brain surface. Dr Wilder Penfield and Edwin Boldrey “discovered” them in 1937. This is an amazing story. In 1937, while working at McGill University, Dr Wilder Penfield and Edwin Boldrey began mapping brain regions that receive sensory information from corresponding skin areas. Not only that, they mapped brain regions that send signals to move corresponding body parts. This laborious exercise became possible because they were operating under local anaesthesia at that time. Together with Edwin Boldrey, the surgeon published their story in…

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