Sunday, August 29, 2021

Neurofeedback Malaysia, A Promising Tool For Stroke Rehab Treatment


Stroke is a health condition whereby there is an insufficient blood supply that carries the oxygen, O2 and nutrients needed by the brain. The lack of blood supply will cause a damage to the brain cells and even worse, it leads to the death of brain cells which had a big impact on the patient’s well-being such as memory loss and the physical and functional disabilities (Boehme et al., 2017).

As stroke cases are starting to increase among the old age group, the experts had invented the F-A-S-T stroke recognition to raise the awareness and help people to identify the stroke signs earlier (Khatri, 2019). Early intervention is better. According to Beckerman (2020), the F-A-S-T stroke recognition stands for face, arms, speech, and time. First, tell the person to smile and observe if their face drops. Second, tell the person to raise both of their hands and observe if one side of the hand is weak. Third, ask the person to say a simple word and observe if there is a strange sound or slurred. Lastly, dial the emergency number right away as every minute counts for stroke patients.

Apart from F-A-S-T method, did you know that EEG Neurofeedback training is one of the promising tools for stroke rehabilitation?
Most of the stroke patients that took part in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of Neurofeedback training had shown a significance improvement on their memory, mood, concentration, energy, reading and speech ability, and motivation (Kober et al., 2015; Renton et al., 2017). Therefore, this shows that Neurofeedback training had successfully helped to improve the memory deficit among stroke survivors.

Beckerman, J. (2020, March 9). Stroke Signs and Symptoms. WebMD.
Boehme, A. K., Esenwa, C., & Elkind, M. S. V. (2017). Stroke Risk Factors, Genetics, and Prevention. Circulation Research, 120(3), 472–495.

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