Wednesday, August 26, 2009

See me Heal me Touch me Feel me

An interesting study here. Bottom line: Some stroke survivors can feel when they touch the affected side, but cannot feel it when someone else touches them. This experiment basically shows that, in fact, they do feel better when they do it themselves.

Implications: reestablishing sensation may involve repeatedly touching of the affected side by the unaffected side. Maybe. Still, the question of how to neuroplastcially rewire sensation is interesting because sensation and movement are essential to each other.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The National Stroke Association endorses Stronger After Stroke

The National Stroke Association has chosen Stronger After Stroke as the first book ever mentioned in their first ever annual summer reading section! Click on the screen shot yay!

Let me tell you what the deal is here. This book ain't perfect. There is a lot I wish I had added. There are some aspects of it where I wish i had used other wording. There are parts I should have edited better. But this book continues to be the best selling book on stroke recovery and rehabilitation because it does something I'm very proud of: It has changed the discussion. Time and again I find folks "reverse engineering" stuff in the book and putting it in articles on the web and magazines. Thinly veiled plagiarism, yes, but this book is changing the discussion. Many stroke survivors confirm this.

I've been told a billion times (at least) that the book only confirms what they suspected all along; that they have control over their own recovery.

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