Welcome to the ARNI Stroke Charity website for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professionals: providing specialist rehabilitation and exercise support after hospital and community physiotherapy finishes.
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Your Stroke / Brain Injury Recovery Starts Here
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Had a Stroke? What now? by Tom Balchin. This Stroke recovery book is essential reading. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2020 This is the book that anyone who has had a stroke, or is associated with a stroke survivor, must read. It is just not possible to write a book about stroke survival unless you have experienced the sheer terror of it first-hand. Tom Balchin outlines what happens when you have a stroke, what help is (or should be) at hand, provides practical help with coping strategies and exercises. What he hasn't provided in this book probably isn't worth knowing. I just wish it had been available when I had my stroke 6 years ago, when I (and my husband) hit a wall of confusion, lack of information and poor NHS after-care. Things could have been so different! I have learned things from this book even now and intend to follow them up. A Brilliant Book. It doesn't make stroke recovery any easier, but knowledge is power! www.arni.uk.com #strokesurvivorscan#neurorehab#neurorehabilitation#strokesurvivors#arnistrokecharity#neuroplasticity... See MoreSee Less
Aside from helping the brain heal, deep sleep also offers other, fantastic benefits to stroke survivors. For example, REM sleep – the deep sleep that occurs at intervals throughout the night – helps your brain process motor information. When your brain achieves REM sleep, there are spikes of neural activities that occur, known as sleep spikes. During these neural spikes, the brain transfers short-term memories about muscle movement to the temporal lobe where they become long-term memories. Therefore, quality sleep can actually help stroke survivors regain proper muscle movement and strength. Since most stroke patients struggle with mobility problems, this is an incentive for stroke patients to focus on getting enough sleep. www.arni.uk.com #ARNIstrokerehab#arnistrokecharity#stroke#strokesurvivors#neuroplasticity#neurorehab... See MoreSee Less
The Mirror Box is a tool that is designed to make neuroplasticity work for you via intense mental stimulation. Designed originally for those suffering from phantom limb pain, it has subsequently been found that imagining movement of arms and legs that have been weakened from stroke can trigger a group of ‘mirror neurons’, which can assist functional recovery of affected limbs. The idea is that movement of the more-affected limb can be stimulated via visual cues originating from the opposite side of the body. This portable folding Mirror Box is the best one I have seen because it can collapse to the width of a standard A4 folder, and expand to allow my Burmese cat to hide inside! You simply place your affected hand in it and practice conducting symmetrical movements, The brain sees the more affected limb as normal: the idea is that you are ‘tricking’ it into thinking the you are moving your affected hand in the same way as your good hand. Interestingly, one trial40 showed that looking at the mirror image of your good hand increased the excitability of neurons in the primary motor cortex significantly more than looking at your affected hand directly with no mirror. There does not, however seem to be any available evidence that it helps spasticity. There is moderate evidence from one recent trial41 showing that in the sub-acute period post-stroke, hand functioning improved more after mirror therapy in addition to a retraining programme compared with a control treatment. Basically, it’s something to try alongside your work with this approach if you need. www.arni.uk.com #strokerehab#strokerecovery#arnistrokecharity#strokeexercise#strokesurvivorscan#neurorehab#strokerehabilitation #neuroplasticity#strokearmrehab... See MoreSee Less
Regaining mobility after a stroke works differently for everyone based on your unique conditions, such as whether you lost partial movement or struggle with post-stroke paralysis. Fortunately, ARNI rehabilitation methods can be adapted to all ability levels. Paula Cassinelli, one of our ARNI Instructors asks you: 'do you find that experimenting and being creative with ARNI strategies/techniques makes them better for you? Can you share a specific example or two please?' Do tell us... www.arni.uk.com #ARNIstrokerehab#arnistrokecharity#stroke#strokesurvivors#strokearmrehab... See MoreSee Less
How Does a Stroke Affect the Muscular System? The brain controls both involuntary and voluntary muscular activity by sending neural messages to the muscles. These messages primarily originate in the motor cortex, which is found in the frontal lobe of the brain. The motor cortex transmits these signals to the spinal cord, where they can reach the motor neurons. When these neurons fire, the impulse travels to the specific muscle, telling the muscle to contract or relax. When a stroke occurs, this complex process can be disrupted, which can result in changes in muscle function. Depending on the severity and location of the stroke, this can often lead to changes in muscle tone and function. Call us on 0203 053 0111, or email email@example.com to find out if there's an instructor near you who can help you with your recovery. www.arni.uk.com #strokerehab#strokerecoveryexercises#neurorehab#strokerehabilation#strokerecovery#neurorehabilitation#strokeexercise#strokerehabilitation#strokesurvivorscan#exerciseafterstroke... See MoreSee Less