Well over half of the individuals that survive a stroke have difficulty with motor function, weakness and coordination. Fortunately, extensive research and advancements in technology have given way to a wave of new products that can help promote these functions and overall rehabilitation for stroke survivors.
As a leading provider of stroke care in Philadelphia, we wanted to share some of the most advanced and exciting gadgets available to senior stroke survivors. It’s amazing to see how far the industry come, and the future looks bright for seniors and older adults who may be embarking on the stroke recovery journey.
Virtual Reality Technology
Physical therapy involving high tech gadgetry like 3D goggles and specialized video game systems have shown a five-fold increased likelihood of significant motor strength improvement over other therapy modalities. The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University in Montreal uses virtual reality therapy to get stroke patients to work harder to make the brain adapt and compensate for damage to it.
Closed Loop Neural Activity Device
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison developed a closed loop neural activity device that helps stroke patients develop limb function through electrical brain impulses. The device provides a communication line directly from the brain’s electrical impulses to the desired limb, giving the individual direct control over their movement. Patients have confirmed improvement in motor function and increased ability to perform daily activities.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
This therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain cells. It was developed at the University of Kentucky Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Through MRI studies and electrical tracking after a stroke, the parts of the brain that are working and not working are identified. Those parts of the brain and the nerves that aren’t working that are necessary for certain movements are magnetically stimulated. Previously inactive parts of the brain are tracked for improvement.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who is recovering from a stroke, provide them with the professional care and support they need to maintain as much of their regular routines and independence as possible. Home Care Assistance provides Philadelphia hourly care on an as-needed basis, as well as live-in care for seniors who need around the clock monitoring. Request more information or a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today by calling 215-645-4663.