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  • Joel J. Digris, MSPT, Owner Achieva Rehabilitation

"How Your Brain Can Bounce Back: Understanding Nervous System Plasticity After a Stroke"

Doctors assessing a brain MRI after a cerebrovascular accident or stroke

Hey there, readers! Have you ever heard about something amazing called "nervous system plasticity"? It's like your brain's superpower, and today, we're going to talk about how it can help people recover after a stroke or cerebrovascular accident.

So, what exactly is nervous system plasticity? Well, imagine your brain as a big, complicated puzzle. When something like a stroke happens, it's like a piece of that puzzle gets knocked out of place. But here's the cool part: your brain has the incredible ability to rearrange itself and fill in those missing pieces. That's nervous system plasticity in action!

Now, let's talk about strokes. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted, either by a clot blocking a blood vessel (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel bursting and bleeding into the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). This can cause damage to the brain cells, which can lead to difficulties with movement, speech, and other functions.

But here's where in-home physical therapy comes in. Studies have shown that engaging in physical therapy exercises at home can help stimulate the brain's plasticity and promote recovery after a stroke. One study published in the journal "Stroke" found that patients who participated in intensive, task-specific rehabilitation exercises at home experienced significant improvements in motor function compared to those who received standard care.

So, what kinds of exercises might someone do during in-home physical therapy after a stroke? Well, it could involve things like practicing walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises for the affected muscles. The key is to challenge the brain and body to work together to relearn lost skills and improve function.

But here's the important thing to remember: recovery after a stroke takes time and patience. It's like training for a marathon – you have to stick with it and keep pushing yourself, even when it feels tough. And that's where having a supportive team of healthcare professionals, like the folks at Achieva Rehabilitation, can make all the difference.

In conclusion, nervous system plasticity is like your brain's superhero power, allowing it to adapt and recover after a stroke. And with the help of in-home physical therapy, people affected by strokes can work towards regaining independence and improving their quality of life. So let's give a big cheer for the amazing resilience of the human brain – it's truly something to marvel at!

Stay tuned for more exciting insights from Achieva Rehabilitation, where we're all about helping you achieve your goals and live your best life. Until next time, keep on shining bright! 🌟


  • Kwakkel, G., Veerbeek, J. M., van Wegen, E. E., & Wolf, S. L. (2015). Constraint-induced movement therapy after stroke. The Lancet Neurology, 14(2), 224-234.

  • Winstein, C. J., Stein, J., Arena, R., Bates, B., Cherney, L. R., Cramer, S. C., ... & Lang, C. E. (2016). Guidelines for adult stroke rehabilitation and recovery: a guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, 47(6), e98-e169.

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