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.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Advanced assistive communication technology from Control Bionics

This is great and not so great at the same time. For those needing this it opens up lots of possibilities. But the downside is that this compensation technology if relied on too much will stop your recovery. Recovery is damned hard and while this may look like recovery you have to understand you may have limited your real recovery by accepting the easy way out. Up to you to decide.
http://www.controlbionics.com/
“There is no greater feeling in the world than watching a patient, connected to their NeuroSwitch for the first time, realize that the world has opened back up for them. It’s real communication, functional communication.Caitlin Smith, MA CCC-SLP
If you are paralyzed, suffer from loss of speech, and loss of motor control, the NeuroSwitch provides the easiest, most effective way to communicate and control your environment. The NeuroSwitch is made for people with conditions such as acute spinal cord injury (SCI), ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), MND (motor neuron disease), or cerebral palsy.
The NeuroSwitch is the only assistive communication device that works from diagnosis to advanced stages of ALS/MND. 
The NeuroSwitch enables you to control a computer using your body’s EMG signals. EMG stands for “electromyography,” which is the measurement of electrical activity associated with the activation of a muscle group as detected by non-invasive electrodes on the surface of the skin. EMG signals have been used in clinical and research settings since the 1980s, for things like diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, rehabilitation, and controlling prosthetic devices.
The EMG technology in the NeuroSwitch has been fine-tuned for over 7 years especially for people with severe paralysis. It can detect and amplify the faintest EMG signals. It also adapts to your body’s changes over time, requiring no manual recalibration.

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