Treadmill train to promote brain gain

Treadmill-Training Benefits Stroke Patients

Treadmill-training has been making headlines recently in stroke therapy treatment.  From the fitness standpoint, we have known for some time that studies have shown that people get more out of a treadmill than other fitness equipment because it is natural to walk or run, and users are more apt to stick with it for longer each session.  This article will review a recent study using treadmills in stroke rehabilitation, as well as at some of the latest treadmill products on the market today.

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The Research

According to recent research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, people who use treadmill-training can significantly improve their health and mobility.  The results of this study, validated through brain imaging, that brain changes reflected actual neural “rewiring” -even years after having a stroke.

The study’s results, published in Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association, suggest that patients’ brains may retain the capacity to rewire through a treadmill exercise program months or years after conventional physical therapy has ended.1

For a full summary of this treadmill-training study as well as suggested treadmill brands please, continue reading here…


  1. Luft AR, Macko RF, Forrester LW, et al. Treadmill exercise activates subcortical neural networks and improves walking after stroke. A randomized controlled trial. Stroke. 2008:Aug

Published by David Dansereau

Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at SmartMovesPT. is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at Listen to the Know Stroke Podcast here:

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