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Stroke Therapy Puts Your Brain Back To Work

After a stroke has been suffered, post stroke exercises form the basis for a stroke rehabilitation program. Initial studies suggest that combining aerobic exercise with resistance training appears exercise for stroke victims to be an effective means for improving poststroke cognition, including executive function 29 Combination therapies may prove useful in treating other stroke-related functional impairments.
The current evidence supports a role for exercise which combines cardiorespiratory training (including walking as an exercise mode) and strength training (particularly involving the upper body) presented in a group setting with other stroke survivors.

We found that, at both 2 and 6 months after stroke, participants benefited from up to 24 sessions of locomotor training or strength and balance exercises with the single exception of the L-LTP moderate group, which failed to show significant gains in gait speed during the second 12 treatment epoch.
Although these reviews explore different treatment approaches, they are all designed to cause an increase in physical activity of the upper limbs, which is repetitive, task-related, intended to increase fitness (muscle strength), or some combination of these.

Each advance in a patient's skills and condition is a victory, and over time these small victories start to add up. For persons receiving rehabilitation services in an acute, subacute, skilled, LTAC or nursing home setting, the period of treatment often lasts from two to four weeks.
Similarly, treating poststroke animals with anti-NogoA antibody or PNN-digesting chondroitinase ABC is associated with enhanced axonal plasticity and enhanced recovery 62 , 63 Together, these findings suggest that exercise and EE contribute to the induction of a permissive environment for structural remodeling of neural networks by decreasing the involvement of growth inhibitory molecules.
Exercise helps us to: • Live longer and improve quality of life • Be healthier • Be in a better mood • Reduce stress • Have more energy The most exciting news from the frontiers of brain science is that phys¬i¬cal exer¬cise also trig¬gers changes in the brain that can make up for lost function after a stroke.
For those in the 2 LTP groups, the training parameters of total minutes of stepping on the treadmill per session, minimum percent body-weight support achieved per session, maximum training speed achieved per session, and amount of time spent in overground training per session progressed throughout the intervention period with no plateau.

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