Interesting New Research on the Cerebellum


The cerebellum is the area at the back and bottom of the brain behind the brainstem (and shown in purple in the photo below). The cerebellum has several functions relating to movement and coordination, including maintaining balance and rhythm timing, coordinating movement (including eye movement), and motor learning of new tasks.  The cerebellum has also …

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Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy Paired with Vagus Nerve Stimulation Looks Promising for Recovering Arm Function in Small Stroke Recovery Pilot


As originally published in  27 Sep 2018 issue of Stroke.   Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke- A Blined Randomized Pilot Study STROKEAHA.118.022279 A new pilot study found that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in addition to regular rehabilitation therapy, can double the rate of recovery for stroke patients. Important Safety Note:  Implanting a …

New Tufts Stroke Fitness Club Coming Soon!


Get your workout in before you start your day! Announcement: New! Tufts Stroke Fitness Club If you live in or around Boston and want to meet up with a like-minded group to continue exercising regularly (or if you are simply in need of a nudge to start-up again )  here's something you might be interested …

Can Apple’s New Watch Series 4 Help With Reducing Strokes?


The Apple Watch 4 that was revealed earlier this week at the latest Apple Event will include electrocardiogram testing, often referred to as an ECG.  This test is how medical professionals check the electricity in a patient’s heart.  With this new innovation, Apple has demonstrated they are making a big move into marketing the smartwatch …

Get Moving!


Latest Research Reveals: Exercise is Key!   Want to add a few years?  Not just to live longer and improve your lifespan, but to increase your healthspan.  [ Definition: healthspan –the period of a person’s life during which they are generally healthy and free from serious or chronic illness.]  Solution: Get moving!!  Study after study reveals …

Exercise, Longevity and Your Neural Health


What should I know about the role of exercise and longevity? I was recently asked this question by Emma Picard of the Attleboro based Sun Chronicle for their weekend edition focusing on Longevity  (read her article online here).  My response was simple yet this answer is often ignored and its effectiveness overlooked.  As PT’s we …

Who is using the ComeBack Strong App for Stroke Recovery?


To share your feedback privately, especially if you have news of any updates to this app, please contact me here or post publically in the comments below if you'd like to share! ComeBackStrong App Review Update: In a previous post, I reviewed the National Stroke Association's App, ComeBack Strong,  for helping stroke survivors and their caregivers …