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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Researcher hopes to use brain's natural response to music to aid stroke recovery

I bet your doctors and stroke hospital have no music protocol to help you recover after a stroke.  This has been known for years, which just shows you how incompetent your stroke interventionists are.

34 posts on music therapy.  Back to Oct. 2014

67 posts on music  Back to March 2011 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-12/music-stroke-patients-movement-research-perth/8435432
Researchers are hoping to use the natural human response to music to create affordable, home-based therapy for people recovering from strokes.
When we hear music "the brain goes wild", according to Murdoch University neuroscientist Ann-Maree Vallence.
"You might notice that if you hear a song or a piece of music that you start tapping your foot or even clicking your fingers," she told ABC Radio Perth.
"There are strong connections between the parts of the brain that are responsible for processing auditory stimuli, like music, and the parts of the brain that are important for executing movements."
Dr Vallence said the brain's natural reaction to music helped stimulate brain activity, and that stimulation could also help the parts of the brain that regulate motor skills.
"One of the most common strokes is a middle cerebral artery stroke," she said.
"That typically means that there is a blockage that impacts the motor areas of the brain, the parts of the brain that are important for movement.
"If we can try to compensate for those damaged brain areas then we should be able to recover movement."
Dr Vallence said too many stroke patients ended up with long-term movement impairments.

"We go about our days picking up a glass of water or cooking without even thinking about the movements that are needed for those tasks," she said.
"But if you take away that capacity, it becomes fairly striking how much of an impact that can have on daily life."

How the study will work

Dr Vallence is recruiting stroke patients to participate in a study of a music-based, individualised therapy program using smartphone app GotRhythm, which was developed by exercise scientists at the University of Western Australia.
The app is connected to wireless sensors which the participants will wear on their arms and hands.
They will activate the app and complete a 30-minute training session wearing the sensors, aiming to do everyday things like reaching for a cup in time; music will only play if they complete the action correctly.
Their brain activity is measured before and after the session to see if there has been a change.
The hope is that movements rewarded with music will stimulate the brain and with regular practice motor function will improve.
"It could be something as simple as tapping, or opening and closing the hand, or reaching, moving their hand away from the body," Dr Vallence said.
"If music can act as a cue ... then that should lead to an improvement in the functional capability."
And while the parts of the brain which have sustained damage cannot be repaired, getting different parts of the brain talking to each other again could compensate for some impairments.
"What we expect is that after a patient uses GotRhythm, those brain cells and the pathways will be much more active," Dr Vallence said.

Therapy inexpensive, engaging

Dr Vallence said it is hoped that music-based physiotherapy could make the long-term, repetitive work of recovering functional movement easier for stroke patients.
"I think the standout is that it is fun," she said.
"We have been able to develop something that is fairly inexpensive and that patients can do in their homes.
"We think the true benefit is that they will want to do it, so they will engage more, so the functional outcomes should be greater."
Dr Vallence is aiming to recruit 20 chronic stroke patients to test the app and can be contacted on (08) 9360 7464.

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