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

Friday, June 23, 2017

UC study tests electromagnetic pulse that can wake up the brain after a stroke

Ask your doctor to followup.
http://www.wcpo.com/news/health/healthy-living/uc-study-tests-electormagnetic-pulse-that-can-wake-up-the-brain-after-a-stroke
CINCINNATI -- A new trial at the University of Cincinnati tests the benefits of non-invasive brain stimulation on hand and arm function during stroke rehabilitation, and its results could help the estimated 2,500 Cincinnatians who suffer from strokes every year.
Participants in the study receive hand and arm therapy with an occupational therapist in addition to the real or placebo treatments for transcranial magnetic stimulation, according to a news release.
TMS sends low-frequency, painless magnetic pulses through a device placed on the head for 15 minutes during a therapy visit while participants work with an occupational therapist to focus on improving the function of the weakened arm and hand.
Keri Dunning, an associate professor in UC's College of Allied Health's Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and licensed physical therapist, is the principal investigator for the trial.
"It helps patients by modulating the brain so that the two hemispheres -- the two parts of the brain -- talk well together again," Dunning said.
According to Dunning, it is common to have an inner hemisphere imbalance after a stroke, meaning the stroke side of the brain falls asleep and the other side dominates. Parts of the body controlled by the affected part of the brain can struggle to regain function.
"The purpose of the stimulating of the brain is to bring those two hemispheres balanced again," Dunning said. "Wake up the stroke part of the brain."
For Dunning, the coolest part study is that it is non-invasive.
"We don't have to do surgery; we don't have to put needles in the brain," Dunning said. "We can affect the brain by just resting the device on the head."
UC is one of six sites across the U.S. testing the technology for hand and arm stroke rehabilitation.
Those who would like to learn more or participate in the study can find more information by calling 513-558-7487.

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