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Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery 3ed

by Peter Levine Demos Health
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Pbk 296 pages
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Now in its third edition, Stronger After Stroke puts the power of recovery in the reader's hands by providing simple-to-follow instructions for reaching the highest possible level of recovery. The book’s neuroplastic recovery model stresses repetition of task-specific practice, proper scheduling of practice, setting goals, and measuring progress to achieve optimal results. Researcher Peter G Levine breaks down the science and gives survivors evidence-based tools to retrain the brain and take charge of recovery.


In easy-to-read sections, Stronger After Stroke introduces readers to leading-edge stroke recovery information while simplifying the process to attain specific benchmarks. Also included is a sample recovery schedule, a helpful glossary of frequently used stroke recovery terms, and a list of resources for readers to research emerging stroke recovery options.

The new Third Edition of Stronger After Stroke features:

    • Complete update of all chapters to reflect new knowledge about maximizing recovery

    • The latest research insights applied to individual recovery programs

    • Steps to cope with challenges at each stage of recovery and achieve success

    • DIY strategies to save time and money

    • New chapters on using electrical stimulation, reducing post-stroke pain, and understanding spasticity



Foreword by Michelle Ploughman, BSc.PT, MSc, PhD




1. Stroke Recovery Essentials

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

Say No to Plateau

Use Your Fantastic Plastic Brain

A Doctor Made for Stroke Survivors

Neuroscience: Your New Best Friend

Using the Wisdom of Athletes

The Ultimate Stroke Recovery Drug

Measuring Progress

2. Recovery Hints and Tricks

Challenge Equals Recovery

Use What You Have

Train Well on a Treadmill

Mirrors Reflect Recovery

The Mind, the Brain, and Sticking to the Task

Let Recovery Flow

The Recovery Calendar

Roadmap to Recovery

Tips for the Caregiver

3. Safeguarding the Recovery Investment

Reduce Pain to Increase Recovery

Stay Off the Killing Floor

Reduce the Risk of Another Stroke

Protect Your Bones

Don't Shorten

Shoulder Care 101

Five Tests You Should Do

4. Cool Treatment Options

Constraint-Induced Therapy for the Arm and Hand

Get Your Hand Back

Imagine It!

Electrical Stimulation for Frugal Dummies

Stimulate Your Stride

Mirror Therapy (MT)

Recovery of Feeling

Speak Musically

Constraint-Induced Therapy for Speech

You Are Game'Virtual Reality

The Good Trains the Bad'Bilateral Training

Rhythm Rehab for the Arms and Hands

Walking in Rhythm

Shocking Subluxation

The Neuroplastic Model for “Pushera Syndrome

5. Elements of Exercise Essential to Recovery

Horizontal Rehab: Good Sleep = Good Recovery

Get a Home Exercise Program

Space to Recover'The Home Gym

Space to Focus'The Community Gym

Weight Up!

Bank Energy and Watch Your Investment Grow

6. Recovery Strategies

The Four Phases of Stroke Recovery'And What to Do During Each

The Subacute Phase: Recovery's Sweet Spot

Expanding the Therapeutic Footprint

Therapy Soup'Mix and Match

Lifestyle as Therapy

Your Work Schedule

Living Recovery

Keep the Core Values Close

Hard but Safe

Eat to Recover

Make Home Movies

Don't Neglect the “Gooda Side

Guide Your Doctor

7. Spasticity Control and Elimination

Spasticity'The Beast Unmasked

Neuroplastic Beats Spastic

Spasticity, Tone, and Contracture: Even Clinicians Get It Wrong

Spasticity'Jekyll and Hyde?

Give Spasticity the One–Two Punch

8. Motivation: Recovery Fuel

Meeting the Challenge of Recovery

Be a Caveman

When Help Hurts

Reconsider Medications

This Just Got Real: Psychological Adjustment After Stroke

Fight Fatigue

Walking Your Way to Better Walking

The Young Adult Stroke Survivor (YASS): Driven to Recover

9. Recovery Machines

Those Amazing Machines




Peter G. Levine is the director of SynapsTogether and the author of The Stroke Recovery Blog (Stronger After Stroke Blog). Since the late 1990s Pete has been a researcher focused on stroke recovery. He started as a Research Associate at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in the late 1990s. He was also the Co-Director of the RehabLab and continues with the RehabLab (now at Ohio State University Medical Center) as a consultant. Pete communicates what he's learned in research through his blog, magazine and journal articles, numerous talks on stroke recovery and his book, Stronger After Stroke.