Post-stroke exercise rehabilitation: what we know about retraining the motor system and how it may apply to retraining the heart.

Luft A, Macko R, Forrester L, Goldberg A, Hanley DF

A plateau in recovery within the first few months of rehabilitative therapy was assumed to be the norm in stroke survivors. Recent studies examined the effect of 6 months of treadmill exercise training in chronically disabled stroke survivors. Treadmill exercise improves fitness and walking ability in patients when initiated 6 months or more following their index stroke. Functional imaging studies show that such exercise also induces subcortical reorganization in these patients.

Treadmill exercise appears to have motor, cardiac, and daily functional benefits in stroke survivors.

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 2008, 75 Suppl 2, S83-6

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