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Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Stroke

For quite some time now there has been considerable interest in the use of mirror therapy for the rehabilitation of motor function in stroke, specifically in the upper limb which has historically been a difficult area to rehabilitate mainly because it is much more complex than the lower limb (more on this in a future post).

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

Few of us stop to understand fully what is involved in walking, an activity we often take for granted, until something goes wrong. In people with a neurological condition, returning to normal walking can be a challenging task. All too often people learn to use compensatory muscle groups and strategies in an attempt to create efficient forward movement.

Walking is primarily governed by powerful actions of 3 main muscle groups. But first, you must understand the following graphic:

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Peripheral Neuropathy

In the final of our 3-part series, our final slayer is BDNF, or brain derived neurotrophic factor.

Now before you yawn at the sound of this, let me tell you what it does. BDNF is a really powerful protein (Binder and Scharfman, 2004):

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

The body is a complex creature with millions and millions of connections that come from the brain and spread throughout the nervous system. These connections that follow tracts or pathways carry signals for sensation, movement and the body’s automatic systems like blood pressure control and digestion.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

This is a question we get all the time, but the real question is, what is the sling for?

There are many slings out there you can buy, and most of them are used for people with a fractured or dislocated shoulder, or with problems with their acromioclavicular joint following sporting injuries. This means that you have a range of slings that can be classified into two forms of functions: 1) the rest the shoulder in, or 2) to support the shoulder during extreme movement in sporting activities.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Peripheral Neuropathy

Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s? Ever wondered why some people get Alzheimer’s while others don’t? When we hear people talk about keeping their brain active we often hear about people doing crosswords and playing games to stay mentally alert? But is that really enough?

In this 3-part series, I will go through some of the uncommon truths around how we can reduce our risk of getting certain neurological disorders, and it’s not what you might expect.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Peripheral Neuropathy

Last week, we talked about the role of blood sugar and how having too much circulating blood sugar levels can predispose someone to acquiring Alzheimer’s. This week, we shall talk about the brain’s enemy number two – gluten.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Concussion

Mental imagery has received much attention in the scientific literature because it’s been shown to be helpful in neurological and pain rehabilitation.

It seems simple doesn’t it? That we must first be able to conceptualise and plan what the task is like before we know how we should go about doing it.

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Everyone has heard of FAST for identifying stroke. Now, I introduce SMILE, which is my version of 5 easy actionable tips to help kickstart your road to recovery.

Over the years in treating stroke, I have noticed some themes in my patients, and I would like to share them with you. SMILE is my simple way of giving my patients an easy to use structure to recover from stroke and stay healthy. It stands for:

Posted May 08, 2018 | Category: Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Muscles respond to strengthening, but brains aren’t muscles. So why are we strengthening the body that doesn’t move well when there is a problem with the brain?

When I ask my patients who have suffered a stroke why they think they can’t stand, walk or move their arm, they go:

“Because the muscles are weak!”

“And so, what do we need to do?”, I ask.

“We need to strengthen them!”



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