This video talks about a new tool being used to assist patient recovery from a stroke. I found it of particular interest and would recommend anyone suffering from a stroke to look further into the new technique being researched.
In New Zealand there are over 50,000 people suffering from a stroke, with 5,000 new sufferers each year. No two strokes are alsike and recovery depends on how the brain itself can recover. Strokes are the major cause of disability in adults, worldwide.
The research is looking at ways to prime the brain to prepare it for more traditional therapy e.g. physiotherapy. The damage from a stroke can be temporary or permanent (the latter can lead to a complete loss of independence) and it is so important to try to speed up recovery (for both the patient and the caregiver).
This research is using magnetic resonance and magnetic stimulation techniques, which in turn can better show just what areas of the brain are damaged. The aim is to shorten recovery time for patients.