What is a stroke? A stroke, as defined by the American Stroke Association (ASA), occurs when a blood vessel transporting oxygen to the brain either clots or ruptures. Most blood clots are natural following an injury or cut where we bleed. The clots act as helpers agents that stop bleeding. However, blood clots become dangerous when they form without an injury pretense. Without the flow of blood, the brain cells begin to die.
What does stroke recovery look like? Treatment for a stroke varies with the affected individual. With half of a body at a physical disadvantage due to the stroke, sessions of physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) are crucial for recovery. Physical therapy works to strengthen the affected side, utilizing all sorts of exercise equipment, including the NuStep. Occupational therapy involves re-integrating the activities of daily life (ADLs), such as dressing, eating, and interacting with a home environment. The ArmeoSpring is designed to help isolate wrist and arm movement through video-motion gameplay, and is a popular device in OT programs.
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