Entries by Stephen McNally

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Stroke Rehabilitation @ No Barriers Foundation

Stroke is a common condition seen by many physiotherapists, often leading to motor dysfunction and in some cases permanent disability. The rehabilitative objective of stroke patients is based on independent living by improving their functional disabilities. Therefore, rehabilitation training for stroke patients should focus on improving flexibility, muscular strength, coordination, and sense of balance to […]

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Home Exercises Post Stroke

Exercises to complete at home during Covid-19 for post-stroke individuals. Summary While you are self-isolating at home, you can and should be keeping physically active. Your physical and mental health with greatly benefit from regular exercise. In this post you will find a few simple exercises you can do at home, using household items. Exercise […]

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Looking After Your Lungs With SCI

Spinal cord injury (SCI) often leads to impaired breathing. Many factors in SCI can contribute to poor lung function with obesity, smoking and the connection between posture and lung performance having been proved significant. For many SCI (level dependent) the muscles responsible for breathing are often weakened. This weakness reduces the volume of the lungs […]

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Exercising at Home with Spinal Cord Injury During Covid-19

Summary If you have a spinal cord injury (SCI), you can and should be physically active. Your health will benefit from regular exercise after SCI. Your exercise program should include three parts: stretching, aerobic exercise, and strength training. Setting goals, recognising potential barriers, being prepared, and learning about resources can help you have a successful […]

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Functional Electrical Stimulation

What is Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)? Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is the application of electrical current to excitable tissue to improve or restore functions lost in neurologically compromised subjects” (Peng et al., 2010). Electrical stimulation is focused in certain skin surface areas of the body such as the calves and thigh to activate paralysed or weakened muscles using […]

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Exoskeleton & Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability with many survivors sustaining functional limitations in activities of daily living as a result of stroke. Many stroke survivors have long-term walking impairment due to hemiplegia or hemiparesis. Impaired ambulation due to hemiplegia or hemiparesis is associated with increased fall risk, limited community participation, and an […]

Add Days to Your Life AND Life to Your Days

Life expectancy is at its all-time high, the fact that so many people are living longer, well into their 80s and 90s is a wonderful ideal. However, the sad reality is that living longer doesn’t always include a good quality of life, it’s not a package deal. Many people outlive their children and their pensions, […]

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Prevent Disease and Stay Healthy

The benefits of physical activity for healthy people include: Improved mood and mental health: Physical activity changes hormones in the brain and increases a release of endorphins (the happy hormones) and reduces cortisol levels (stress hormones). In addition, physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of developing depression and been helpful in managing […]