Could listening to a beat help stroke survivors walk again?
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As well as reducing independence, walking problems after a stroke leads to lower daily activity, increasing the risk of further stroke and health problems. A promising method of improving walking after stroke is through ‘auditory rhythmical cueing.’ which involves people walking to the rhythm of a sound beat. This method improves walking after stroke in the hospital but has not been tested later on at home where recovery could continue.
Stroke recoveries at risk report: Susan's story
Type: Campaigns
Susan, from the Scottish Borders, had a haemorrhagic stroke caused by a bleed on the brain in May 2016. Following her stroke, Susan had problems with her speech, sight, hearing and mobility. Over time her speech and vision have improved, but Susan still struggles with walking. Susan has found lockdown really difficult.
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Neuroplasticity: re-wiring the brain
Your brain is amazing! It has the ability to re-wire itself, allowing you to improve skills such as walking, talking and using your affected arm. This process is known as neuroplasticity. Plasticity means your brain's ability to change. It begins after a stroke, and it can continue for years.
Walking routes
Walking route ideas to help you complete the Walk Your Way marathon challenge. You can set the route and pace whatever way you decide to walk it.
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The benefits of walking football
Walking football is among the fast-growing sports in the UK. This slower-paced, low-impact version of soccer is opening up the game to all ages and abilities, and is ideal for stroke survivors looking to get more active and meet new people.
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Hillary's story
Hillary Bwye is a stroke survivor. In January 2021, while walking with a neighbour, she suddenly began to experience the symptoms of stroke.
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Research Participants Needed: Smart wearable device (gaitQ) that helps people with long-term conditions affecting movement walk better
Type: Research
Researchers at the University of Exeter are looking for stroke survivors to help test a device to help people with mobility issues. Participants will fill out questionnaires, and complete walking and balancing tasks with and without the gaitQ device.
Physical effects of stroke
Information about the physical effects of stroke, such as swallowing difficulties, continence problems, pain and headaches.
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Balance problems after stroke
Find out how stroke can affect your balance, what can help, and how to look after yourself if your balance has been affected by stroke.
Exercising after stroke
Find information on how to start exercising after a stroke as well on tips on how to stay motivated.