Stroke recovery

Walking Bike

I want this both for myself and my future therapy gym. From Dean. walking bike for stroke rehabilitation Massive amounts of therapy available in one intervention. Balance. Walking. Upper limb extension. Hand grasping. Sensation – Wind blowing over skin. So… Read More ›

Peer-reviewed

This makes me so sad. Figure out stuff for yourself because no one will do it for you. No one figured out anything for me.  NOT.A.THING.  I’ve learned to only depend on myself. Evidence-based medicine sure as hell doesn’t mean… Read More ›

Options

I had lunch with a lady earlier this week to discuss options for her brother, a stroke survivor.  We were talking for a while and she asked “so what are the options for stroke victims?”  I responded “there really aren’t… Read More ›

Cerebellum

My therapist told me today that NPR is doing a fascinating series of shows this week about the cerebellum.  It obviously caught my attention.  Here it is.  I kinda always thought that the cerebellum only affected physical stuff, boy was… Read More ›

NDT

Neurodevelopmental treatment is a certification you can get as a physical therapist that a whole lot of people use when treating stroke patients.  I don’t agree with the approach.  NDT is all about inhibiting improper movements. If you get trained… Read More ›

Referred Pain

Referred pain is tricky.  Referred pain means another area of the body hurts than the part of the body that is actually messed up and causing the pain.  So your shoulder or fingers might be bothering you but it’s really… Read More ›

Down

I don’t care who you are or where you came from, going downstairs and downhill is harder than going upstairs or uphill.  This is because the muscles that control that motion are working very differently.  The same muscles control the… Read More ›

Children

I’ve been emailing with someone who had a stroke and has multiple kids.  Now, I’m speculating here and going to write about something that I have not experienced myself and know nothing about.  I have no children and I’m not… Read More ›

Meditation

Sorry I’ve been so quiet the last couple of weeks, I’ve had 2 crappy dental procedures and a car problem.  Apparently my last dentist was not so great so I had to have this super-duper cleaning procedure done. For all… Read More ›

Neuro Rehab

The company that I work for is 100% orthopedic.  My boss has told me that down the road they would like me to maybe do some neuro rehab.  Neurological physical therapy.  This won’t happen for a few years, I certainly… Read More ›

Credit

In my previous life, I let people walk all over me, never expressed how I truly felt, and wallowed in anger in private.  All of this anger and stress probably contributed to my stroke.  Well, a few things have changed… Read More ›

Experience

The first couple of years that I was a practicing physical therapist, I was scared of everything.  It’s really scary when someone that’s already in a lot of pain and coming to you for help tells you that the exercises… Read More ›

Book

I really need to write a book.  The author of the great Stronger After Stroke, is a Physical Therapist Assistant who has been researching nothing but strokes for I think like 20 years or something?  Maybe that number’s wrong, I… Read More ›