High-intensity step training boosts stroke survivors’ walking skills

High-intensity step training that mimics real-world conditions may better improve walking ability in stroke survivors compared to traditional, low-impact training, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke

High-intensity step training boosts stroke survivors’ walking skillsResearchers evaluated 90 people, 18- to 85-years-old with weakness on one side of the body who had survived a stroke at least six months prior. Participants received training of either high-intensity stepping performing variable, difficult tasks; high-intensity stepping performing only forward walking; or low-intensity stepping of variable tasks. Variable tasks included walking on uneven surfaces, […]

Mental health: State govt to provide vocational training to recovered patients

The state government is considering to provide vocational training to patients who have recovered from mental illnesses. This will help reintegrate them into society once they are cured. This initiative aims to help them find a livelihood so that they can be self-independent. It will help reduce the stigma attached to these patients

Mental health: State govt to provide vocational training to recovered patientsMany a times, mentally ill patients are abandoned by their relatives in mental hospitals and even once they are treated they aren’t accepted into society. These patients end up living in the hospital even after being cured. As they do not have any means of sustaining themselves without social support. Now, in order, to improve […]

Spinal cord has a much important role to play than previously thought

New research from Western University has shown that the spinal cord is also able to process and control more complex functions, like the positioning of your hand in external space

Spinal cord has a much important role to play than previously thoughtWe often think of our brains as being at the centre of complex motor function and control, but how ‘smart’ is your spinal cord? Turns out it is smarter than we think. It is well known that the circuits in this part of our nervous system, which travel down the length of our spine, control […]

Do you have COPD? Here’s how you can still exercise

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for lung conditions that block airflow. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two main types of COPD. For people with COPD, physical activity can be challenging because the disease makes breathing difficult. Yet regular exercise can actually improve COPD symptoms.

Do you have COPD? Here’s how you can still exercise“People with COPD have shortness of breath when they exercise,” says Dr Daniel Ouellette, MD, a pulmonologist with the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan. “Exercise that involves aerobic activity, such as taking a walk or going to the gym, can provoke significant distress for people with COPD.” As a result, people with COPD may […]

Stages of rehab and recovery after an orthopaedic surgery

A patient’s ability to regain motion and return to their daily routine, depends on the physical therapy. The body will not return to normal motions without specific training. The therapist can also provide specific guidelines to allow favourable healing

Stages of rehab and recovery after an orthopaedic surgeryIn the evolving era of orthopaedics, the major surgeries are turning into day care surgeries. With the advent of Minimally Invasive Surgeries, the hospital stay of the patients of joint replacement and spine surgery has gone down from the traditional 7 days, to 2-3 days. The patient walks immediately on the next day of procedure; […]

WCNR 2018: Highlights of clinical trials design workshop

Clinical trials design workshop at WCNR 2018, included 4 international trialists: Professors Steven Cramer (USA), Janice Eng (Canada), Gert Kwakkel (The Netherlands) and Julie Bernhardt (Australia). The presenters covered a range of issues in clinical trial design, recent progress in establishing standards for stroke recovery research and described several design approaches. All the speakers emphasised that rehabilitation is a young field and we have a long way to go - but greater international cooperation is now happening and we have exciting times ahead

WCNR 2018: Highlights of clinical trials design workshopProf Cramer focused on the importance of getting our entry criteria and stratification right in trials – to reduce variance and to provide us with the greatest potential to find an effect when one actually exists. The importance of getting the right patients into trials was emphasised, one of our challenges in the field as […]

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Med. Director, Research Center of RSH and Activity Assitive Technology, Fujjta Health University and Dr Yoko Inamoto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation School of Health Sciences, Fujita Health University briefed the delegates about dysphagia. Speaking further about the past, present and future of robotic technology in lower limb recovery, he explained, the robot is a good device for people with disability

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia includes difficulty starting a swallow (called oropharyngeal dysphagia) and the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest (called esophageal dysphagia). Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Med. Director, Research Center of […]

WFNR to train people for neuro rehabilitation in remote areas of the world

At World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR), which is hosting 10th world congress here in Mumbai, Dr David Good, President Elect, of WFNR, said the organisation is planning to send faculty to train people in countries where neuro rehabilitation is not developed. A special faculty will be assigned to even remote countries in the world to develop neuro-rehabilititon in them

WFNR to train people for neuro rehabilitation in remote areas of the worldDr David Good emphasised that in order to create short-term solutions for creating good services for neuro rehabilitation, it is necessary to create home based care centres. When asked about the global scenario in the field of neuro rehabiliation, he said, “Neuro rehabilitation is fairly well developed in some countries, but in many countries it […]

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Anne Hill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a session on experience in speech and language telerehabilitation. According to her, there is a growing body of evidence for the use of telerehabilitation in speech pathology especially in people affected with Parkinson's and stroke. So, it’s about taking that evidence and putting it into services

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’Dr Anne Hill explained, “Telerehabilitation is the delivery of services over distance using some form of technology. It enables us to provide access to services. This is especially important to people in rural areas or people in urban areas, who have difficult accessing services.” Dr Hill, whose speciality area is speech pathology said, “People who […]

‘It is the general health system which has to respond for the rehabilitation’

At WCNR 2018, Padma Bhushan Dr Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Former Indian Council of Medical Research's Director General,  highlighted neurological disorders from in and around the world. He professed that we need to create awareness, advocacy, policy changes,  concepts about healthy aging, remove stigmas attached to it and train large number of people on various steps of rehabilitation

‘It is the general health system which has to respond for the rehabilitation’Dr Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, who is a recipient of Padma Bhushan in India has won 118 awards and has 778 research papers in his name said, “Neurological  disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, vertigo and migraine need strong rehabilitation. They need policies. For many of them, policies are in place. […]