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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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Exercise helps the brain to recover movements after stroke

Exercise helps the brain to recover movements after stroke. Here is how it happens! Exercise brings new neurons and new connections. This is exciting news; First, exercise stimulates neurons to release a special protein; the ” Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor” (in short, BDNF)1. This protein appears in blood only as a response to exercise. Keep in mind researchers have shown its presence as a response to aerobic exercise1; however, they believe resistance type of exercise too may also stimulate neurons to release this protein. What does this protein (BDNF) do? Second, this protein triggers a series of changes in multiple areas…

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Best practices to regain walking ability after stroke

Basic rules As in the case of regaining arm and hand movements, the following six basic rules to recover movements after stroke apply to regain walking after stroke. This post looks at the evidence about how caregivers should apply the above rules in their efforts of regaining walking ability. Assess severity The journey begins with a severity assessment. A specially trained physiotherapist should assess and start physiotherapy according to the NICE guidelines1. Start early Starting to move as early as possible, between 24 – 48 hours2, after stroke yields better recovery of walking ability as in the case of all…

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How to regain movements after stroke

This post summarises expert recommendations for regaining movements after stroke into six rules. Those are, Move early Follow up with an intense exercise program Choose activities that are meaningful, engaging, task-specific, and goal-oriented Repeat the chosen activities incrementally and consistently Add aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises Set goals However, the first six months after a stroke is crucial. Do you want to know why the immediate first six months after a stroke is crucial for better recovery? Read the brain’s recovery attempts after stroke. 1. Move early The first is to move out of bed as early as possible. How early?…

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Stroke rehab: How to regain arm and hand movement

Last updated on November 30, 2021 To regain arm and hand function is any stroke carer’s top priority; this post summarises what the standard guidelines recommend to do. First, read the basic rules to follow in regaining movement after a stroke. In summary, the following infographic illustrates those rules; And, also skim through this post – brain’s recovery attempts after a stroke: Journeys to the brain -10 before going further. This post reviews the best available evidence that provides answers to the following questions; Which side? the affected side or the both sides? What activities? How much and how long?…

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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, reaching…

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