NEOFECT Blog
May 23, 2019
What Are the Early Warning Signs of a Stroke?
stroke recovery stories
Stroke Recovery Story - Stroke Survivor Annie
Home exercise programs are crucial for stroke recovery but can be discouraging when not seeing immediate results. Annie was in her late 20’s when she suffered a stroke and faced an uphill battle to regain usage of her right arm.
Stroke
How can I Prevent Hand Contracture After a Stroke?
Contracture is another name for extreme stiffness in the muscles, joints, or connective tissue. It is an advanced form of spasticity. Many stroke survivors suffer from a large amount of spasticity in their affected hand, which can lead to a clenched fist.
muscle atrophy
What is Muscle Atrophy and How Can I prevent it?
Muscle atrophy is when the muscle wastes away and is often experienced by patients with certain brain injuries, cerebral palsy, stroke, malnutrition, or extended hospitalization. When we don’t use our muscles regularly it causes them to thin out due to lack of active stimulation and exercise.
cognitive training
NEOFECT’s Smart Pegboard is New Approach in Rehabilitation for Stroke Victims at Home
The NEOFECT Smart Pegboard offers a new approach to rehabilitation for stroke victims at home – games.
NIHSS
What is the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)?
The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a stroke assessment tool used by clinicians to evaluate and document the impact of stroke on a patient. The stroke scale is used to predict the impact of the stroke on the brain.
Hemiplegia
Hemiplegia vs. Hemiparesis
Hemiplegia and hemiparesis are both results of brain or spinal cord injuries that affect both movement and sensation. They can be difficult to treat and can make simple functional tasks difficult for patients.
stroke recovery stories
Stroke Recovery Stories - Stroke Survivor Marcy
Soon after having a stroke, Marcy began looking for stroke rehabilitation solutions that she can do at home. She went from the hospital to an acute rehab for 1 month before being discharged. After which, Marcy became concerned about going from having stroke physical therapy 6 times a day to once a week. She knew that she needed a lot of repetition in her post stroke rehabilitation and did not think she was going to get that in her weekly therapy session. Q & A with Stroke Survivor Marcy Where did you engage in rehab and how long did it take I started looking for solutions while still in rehab. I was in a local hospital for a week and then acute rehab for 1 month. I worked with an OT 3 times a day. I was going from therapy 6 times a day to once a week, which concerned me a lot. Why did you decide to look for additional tools for at-home rehab? Were there other devices that you purchased or considered? I am a nurse educator, so I have some background information on neuro rehab. Knowing how important repetition is for rehabilitation, I was concerned to be only going to therapy once a week. I spent a lot of time Googling different rehab solutions to try to understand it the best I could. At first, the only at-home rehabilitation solution I only came across was the Flint Music Glove. Where did you go to find out about the different rehab solutions? I Googled a lot of different post stroke rehab [https://home.neofect.com/] solutions to try to understand it as thoroughly as I could. I found that I can search ‘Stroke OT exercises’ every day and find something new. My daughter also did some research and found some solutions on Pinterest. At first, I only saw the Flint Music Glove, which I found on Facebook and via Google. Aside from that, my therapist recommended a book, My Stroke of Insight. I also found the book Healing the Broken Brain to be very helpful. When and how did you first find out about the NEOFECT Smart Glove? After leaving the hospital, I found the NEOFECT Smart Glove [https://home.neofect.com/smart-glove] through a Facebook group that mentioned the product and decided to do my own research on it. Why did you choose NEOFECT Smart Glove among the options? I was attracted to the variety of games, which made me think it would keep me more engaged. I wanted something that would change with my progress and challenge me. I believed the NEOFECT Smart Glove to be the right stroke rehab device [https://home.neofect.com/] for me because I understood that the games adapt to the patient’s progress. How easy do you feel that it was to obtain the Smart Glove? What was confusing, if anything, about the process? I simply filled out a contact form and then NEOFECT reached out to me. It was very easy after that. NEOFECT was really great at answering all of my questions. They sent me a size guide, called the day after I received it to make sure I got everything and understood how to use it. I have been using the glove since May. I really liked the in-person visit that helped me understand how important the motion capture is to setting up the exercise correctly. I personally would appreciate a clearer demonstration of correct vs. incorrect usage during the onboarding call. How long have you been using the glove? What functional changes have you noticed since you started using the product? I am now better able to open and close my hand and have noticed some improvement with my wrist as well. I am now also able to move my index finger to my thumb. However, I still do highly favor my other hand for more functional activities. What advice would you give to someone that’s thinking about coming on board with the NEOFECT Smart rehab system? I would definitely tell them to do it. This system helped me with my hand rehabilitation and it’s fun at the same time. Has this device or approach to therapy influenced anyone else in your life? Have you used the Smart Glove with a therapist? I think the in-person session with my NEOFECT [https://www.neofect.com/en/about-us/overview/] therapist was very useful. My regular therapist also regards the NEOFECT Smart Glove very positively and recommends it. I think Lauren’s visit was very useful to push it along though. The more a therapist can see the Smart Glove in action the more they will recommend it to other people. My therapist has talked to other patients about it. For more information on the NEOFECT Smart Glove and other post stroke rehab devices, contact us [https://home.neofect.com/contact-us] today at (888) 623-8984.
Hemiparesis in children
Hemiparesis in Children: Pitfalls and Rehabilitation Solutions from an Occupational Therapist
If you and your kiddo are starting out in your therapy journey, problems and plateaus will occur. Here are 3 common missteps.
stroke victim support
Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Needing Stroke Victim Support
Many people wonder if emotional and behavioral changes are permanent. The answer is usually no.
robot hand
Evolving Technology Offers Increased Independence in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Although modern medicine has not yet found a way to cure paralysis, modern technology is starting to bridge the gap.
Stroke Exercises
Stroke Exercises: Using Mirror Therapy and Mirror Neurons
Mirror therapy is an easy and low-tech therapy technique. It’s essentially a therapy that tricks your brain into thinking that the weakened hand or arm is moving.
Neuroplasticity
Can E-Stim Help Jumpstart Your Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation?
Gentle electrical stimulation(Estim) has been used for years in therapy clinics to help retrain the connections between the brain and the body.
stroke recovery time
10 Tips From an Occupational Therapist on How to Stay Committed to Stroke Recovery at Home
Here are 10 tips that help you stay committed to stroke recovery program at home for successful healing after a stroke.
Hemiparesis in children
Toys That Are Also Stroke Rehab Toys for Children with Hemiparesis
Hemiparesis, or weakness on one side of the body comes with unique challenged and often requires lifetime therapy. So we introduce you toys that are also rehab tools.
robot hand
NeoMano Robot Hand Can Help with Independence in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Life after a spinal cord injury can sometimes feel a little hopeless because you have to rely on someone else for everything, even simple everyday tasks.