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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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Six rules to regain movements after stroke

Yes, we can help the brain to recover movements after a stroke. Yes, for best results, it should happen in the first six months – that is what expert recommendation is. This post summarises the expert recommendations to regain movements after stroke into six rules. The six rules are; Move early Follow up with an intense activity and 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 1. Move early The first is to move out of bed as early as possible. How early?…

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How to regain arm & hand movements after stroke

Last updated on July 12, 2021 Before reading this post, read the previous one: Six basic rules to recover movements after stroke. The following infographic summarises its contents; 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? How to promote continuity? Other supportive activities? 1. Which side? the affected side or both sides? Exercises for the affected arm…

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