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:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What on Earth is Neuroplasticity?

Yes, yes, more generalized crap.  We need specific protocols that are repeatable and explain why a neuron would drop what it is doing and take on new functionality.

After a stroke, we can lose connections between brain cells, or we can gradually After a stroke, we can lose connections between brain cells, or we can gradually lose them with conditions like Alzheimer's. A brain cell without connections will die, but your brain can adapt, strengthen existing connections, and even make new ones.

We know the brain changes dramatically when we're children growing up. This is known as plasticity – like Plasticine, your brain is flexible, adaptable.  And you can change it.  This is called Neuroplasticity.
When you learn something new, you change your brain. You might have heard of this as ‘brain training’. Give your brain a ‘work-out’ and you will strengthen brain cell networks.
The charity Headway explains about the role of re-training in rehabilitation after brain injury: "During recovery, other areas of the brain take over the activities of the damaged areas and new nerve pathways can be established using undamaged brain cells. Engaging in activity helps these alternative pathways to develop."
Stroke survivor Tom Balchin writes about re-training:  "Everything you do will rewire your brain and by doing more, you will develop your motor control and gain strength."  He goes on to say, "Task-related practice is the 'number one' way to retrain the brain."
Try learning a new skill. Here at Norton Street we have lots of things you can have a go at, for example, you can learn to sing in a choir or maybe play Boccia for the first time.  We know it’s good for your well-being – and it will be good for your brain too!

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