Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Vector helps rehab patients improve motion

Your therapist should know if the air pressure treadmill is better than this.
Or the Turning-Based Treadmill.
Or the Locomat.
Or the LiteGait
video at link.
A new tool is helping people who have suffered a stroke or brain injury learn to walk again.

"And put your other arm here," says the therapist, as he puts Wayne Riker into a harness.

That harness part of Vector, a new training device at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. A stroke left Riker with weakness on his left side.
He needs to practice walking, stepping, and shifting his weight over & over again.
Vector takes a lot of the weight off his feet, so he can slowly build up his strength with less fear of falling.
"There's no drag within the system.So, it keeps up with the patient," says Erin Blaustein, D.P.T., a physical therapist at Magee.
"If their legs completely give out, or they lose their balance, it will hold them up. It gives a patient a sense of confidence, and us a sense of confidence," she continues.
Riker describes his first session on Vector as, "Really sort of exhilirating."
Riker and his wife Virginia say it's a big improvement over sessions with a traditional walker.

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