Thursday, April 3, 2008

Hemi Man. One Bad Dude.

Here's an article I wrote recently for Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation. They added a really cool graphic. I call Him "Hemi Man".

I basically say that they way rehabilitation is delivered to stroke survivors is a problem before it even starts. It turns out that you need waaaay more practice to recover from stroke than payers are willing to bankroll and clinics are able to provide. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Do We Really Use Only 10% Of Our Brains?

For decades "they" have been trying to sell us that we only use 10% of our brain. They were saying this before we could take pictures of the brain working, with MRI. So even if they were right we wouldn't know. Now we can see what parts of the brain are used. Turns out, "they" were wrong. We use 100%. This is important for stroke survivors because rewiring the brain after stroke asks more from your brain. And after stroke there is less brain to work with.
Here's a link to an article I wrote for StrokeSmart magazine about the 10% brain myth.

Ten rules for successful rehab for patients with stroke.

I wrote this in 2005 but it's still a good thumbnail sketch of how to get closer to the highest possible level of recovery. It's written for theapists, and so, written in 'therapist speak'.

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