How to Manage Neurological Fatigue

Fatigue is a commonly reported symptom of many neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s and traumatic brain injury. This type of fatigue is known as neurological fatigue. Neurological fatigue can have a huge impact on quality of life and disability. People who live with this type of fatigue can experience shortness of breath, slower speech, forgetfulness, irritability and withdrawal. Despite its huge impact on a person’s well being, fatigue is still not well understood. In this article, we will look at the prevalence, triggers and effects of neurological fatigue and discuss management options. What is Neurological Fatigue Fatigue [...]

Stroke Advocate Pam Spence’s Journey

I first met Pam Spence in January 2020, after her course of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation post-stroke. At that initial session, Pam was already clear on her goals and very thoughtful in her approach to physiotherapy and the expected outcomes. She understood that recovery would take a lot of hard work and persistence and she was all in. Pam’s stroke journey began in June 2019. She began experiencing a series of unexplained headaches, which led to a diagnosis of carotid artery stenosis (a narrowing of the large arteries in the neck) and atrial fibrillation (an irregular and often very [...]

Massage Therapy for Stroke Recovery

Stroke can result in changes to mental, emotional and physical function. A wide spectrum of treatments can be used to improve disability after stroke, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. After the initial acute phase of stroke, massage therapy can be used to help treat the effects of a stroke, including: paralysis or weakness of one side, decreased sensation, increased tone or spasticity, decreased coordination, swelling and pain in the affected areas due to the above symptoms, and stress and anxiety. With an aging population, greater life expectancy, and younger people having strokes, the amount of care needed [...]

Stroke in Young People

Stroke in young people is much less common than in the older population but has potentially far more impact on the individual and to society.  The incidence of stroke in those age 18-45 years of age ranges between 7-15 per 100,000 people for all types of stroke.[i] Due to the decreased incidence of stroke in the young people, it can be misdiagnosed in the emergency room. This can lead to missing the window of time sensitive treatment.  Young adults may also be less likely to seek medical treatment, as stroke is still believed to be a disease of the [...]

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