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Stroke Recovery – All You Need To Know

I am saddened to think that stroke recovery is sometimes trapped in an outdated and dogmatic approach to help people with their stroke recovery. But the sad truth is unless you are one of the very fortunate ones, either geographically to be located next to a cutting edge stroke rehabilitation facility or the monetary means to afford such treatment, you are stuck with the stock standard cookie cutter approach to stroke treatment. And there is a good chance that it is stuck in the past.

Myths surrounding stroke recovery may be perpetuated by a number of factors. It seems that once something has been printed in a newspaper or magazine it is taken as gospel. Many of the belief surrounding the brain have been around for a long time and despite new research dispelling the myth, it takes a long time for this to filter into mainstream belief systems. This can clearly be seen with all the out dated beliefs in the exercise and fitness world. This article will discuss three main myths surrounding stroke recovery. Firstly that the brain is set in stone and cannot change. Secondly that there is only a small window of opportunity for stroke recovery to happen. And the last myth is that there are not better and more effective ways to perform stroke rehabilitation. Read more…

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Physiotherapy and Gait Analysis

Travelling short or medium distances for us is easily accomplished by walking, which is convenient and easy but needs our muscles and joints to be in good condition and to be pain free. Having enough muscle power and sufficient joint range of movement in the legs is necessary for efficient walking. As walking progresses one leg gives the body support while the other swings through to be placed forward and in its turn to take weight. The swing and stance phases are the easiest way of understanding where either leg is at a particular point.

Achieving all the phases of gait so that you get back onto the same foot you started on is referred to as the gait cycle. The duration of both feet remaining on the ground at the same time is about 10 percent and one leg is standing on the ground for about 40 percent of the time. The rest consists of the swing part of the cycle as the non-weightbearing leg is taken through to a position where it can again bear weight. As our walking speeds increase the duration of the gait cycle phases  reduces until there is no double support phase where both feet are weight bearing at the same time, a condition known as running.

The leg joints follow a specific and repeatable series of actions during the swing and stance phases with stance made up of five sections in the order of initial contact, loading response, mid stance, terminal stance and preswing. Heel strike is the common name given to initial contact but some people do not heel strike at all or transfer weight to the heel later in the phase. Heel strike allows the leg which is about to weight bear to take the weight but not compromise speed, stability or shock protection.

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The New Way Of Stroke Therapy

The use of stroke therapy will certainly form part of the stroke recovery process. This portion of the recovery phase is safe to start once the stroke survivor has stabilized. Once this has occurred the go ahead for stroke exercises will be given. Approximately 30 million people each year in America suffer a stroke. It can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender or age. We have come a long way to learning about how to prevent strokes with better lifestyle choices. Science has also helped us further stroke therapy by discovering new and improved techniques.

For the uninitiated stroke therapy can seem like a very daunting process. While I do not expect people to become a neuroscientist, I feel that some background understanding can go a long way to improving compliance with stroke rehabilitation and increasing motivation to undertake it. Understanding how the brain is wired up for functioning and how it will adapt to the stroke recovery process. This article will discuss three main principles needed for stroke therapy to be successful. The first principle is frequency. When we learn any new skill frequency is the key to helping the brain learn that skill. Secondly the volume and consistency of workload done needs to be enough to stimulate change but not over do it. And lastly the role of specificity. Specificity can lead to increased efficiency and speed stroke recovery. Read more…