New stroke rehabilitation techniques are in circulation demonstrating a continuous effort on specialists to provide more effective solutions to stroke patients' dilemma.
One effort involves teaching physical therapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) the new and reimbursable treatments included in Modified Constraint-induced Therapy or mCIT. Stephen Page and Peter Levine, developers of mCIT, will conduct a seminar for PTs and OTs to provide a thorough distribution of this new approach as well as determine appropriate candidates for mCIT among patients, measure progress, and improving outcomes.
mCIT is an approach for stroke rehabilitation of the upper extremity of the patient that normally involves immobilizing the unaffected hand so that the patient uses only the other affected hand during therapy.
Page and Levine will also discuss gaming technologies, motor imagery techniques, EMG-based electrical stimulation called NeuroMove, functional electrical stimulation such as Bioness in treating stroke and present how to measure progress through evidence.
Speaking of gaming technologies as a stroke rehabilitation technique, a Canadian study reveals that Wii-gaming appeared to improve stroke patients' status better than traditional physical rehabilitation techniques. The study involved creating a physical therapy regimen for stroke patients around Wii video games, which allowed real-time physical interaction with TV screen images through the use of wireless motion-detection remote controls. There were 21 patients, all recovering from mild to moderate stroke.
A collaboration of experts engaged in stroke care, on the other hand, is taking place as a means to improve the rehabilitation of strike victims. Called Brain Recovery Core (BRC), the group is comprised of radiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and therapists engaged in inpatient and outpatient treatment and rehabilitation.
The group aims to communicate and share information with one another in so far as the progress of a specific patient is concerned so that development of treatments may be formulated. This collaboration will then allow new treatments to be scientifically assessed in terms of effectiveness, patient's response to therapy, and predict a likely course of the patient's recovery.
Similarly, a study released last February 2010 showed that NeuroAid truly helps stroke patients recover. The study revealed improvement in stroke survival and drastically decrease functional deficiencies. This medicine actually augments a patient's stroke rehabilitation programs such as mCIT and even those using gaming technologies.
New stroke rehabilitation techniques in circulation provides room for improvement and better options for stroke patients. Hopefully, this will be accepted in all institutions in the United States and in other countries as well.