Could listening to a beat help stroke survivors walk again?
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
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.
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.
The benefits of walking football
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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.
Research Participants Needed: Smart wearable device (gaitQ) that helps people with long-term conditions affecting movement walk better
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.