Monthly Archives: June 2012

New Stroke Recovery Technology Incorporates Use Of Xbox Kinect

The University of Southampton, in collaboration with Roke Manor Research Ltd (Roke), a Chemring company, has pioneered the use of Xbox computer technology to develop the world’s first process that measures hand joint movement to help stroke patients recover manual agility at home.
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Internationally Renowned Brain Injury Expert to Lead iWALK Recovery Program

Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy rehabilitation provider, is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathan Zasler has been named the Medical Director of its iWALK Recovery Programs.

The iWALK Recovery Centers, located in Sheltering Arms’ hospitals and outpatient neurorehabilitation centers in Hanover and Midlothian, is a new approach that brings the latest array of gait training neurotechnology together in one place.  Some of the technology available to patients at the two centers is not available anywhere else in Virginia.  The program has gained international recognition for its development of clinical practice guidelines for the gait training neurotechnology. With the latest high tech tools, the highly trained therapy teams at Sheltering Arms are better able to help patients overcome problems with walking resulting from injury and illness. Continue reading

For Stroke Rehab And Brain Injured Patients, Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Shown To Impact Walking Patterns

In a step towards improving rehabilitation for patients with walking impairments, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that non-invasive stimulation of the cerebellum, an area of the brain known to be essential in adaptive learning, helped healthy individuals learn a new walking pattern more rapidly. The findings suggest that cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may be a valuable therapy tool to aid people relearning how to walk following a stroke or other brain injury. Continue reading