It is Stroke Awareness Month, and while strokes affects millions of people year round, it's time to shine the light on these life-changing events. Strokes can strike anyone, anytime; it is not a condition that is limited to older individuals, or those in poor health. When Marcus suffered a stroke during infancy, the damage caused a variety of developmental delays. However, today, Marcus has started to enjoy school, playing with his friends and his vocabulary has taken off!
We hear some great stories from Wendy Harron, an amazing OT and IM Provider. She has worked with patients from all backgrounds and her experience with kids has helped her really take training to the next level. Today, Wendy shares a wonderful story of a girl who suffered from a stroke before birth. See how IM training and Wendy's dedication helped Holly become part of the conversation.
Let's get to the heart of the matter. Your heart is the only thing keeping you alive, so it's time to focus a little attention on the heart. February is National Heart Month and we want to remind everyone how important general health and fitness are for your brain. It isn't just your waistline that will be hurting if you don't take care of your body. Read more to find out how.
Stacy is an Occupational Therapist and IM provider at HealthSouth Sunrise, right here in our own backyard. She has been using IM with stroke/neuro clients for over a decade and is excited to share her story and tips with other healthcare professionals.
Our own Mary Jones, OTR/L, LMT, CIMT is featured in the Bradenton Herald using IM to help her client's migraines after suffering from a stroke.
After a stroke six years ago, Janet Carter developed relentless migraines. She couldn't read or concentrate, noise was excruciating, and her work in the children's ministry at the Journey Assembly of God church in Bradenton became more difficult. Most people probably couldn't tell any of that. She kept things to herself. Carter discovered Interactive Metronome, a therapy designed to retrain the brain in how it...
IM Provider April Christopherson OTR/L guest stars in the “Focus Point” Voice America National Radio program.
She discuses “The Shandy Clinic” in Colorado Springs, CO, Interactive Metronome, other programs that she has worked with, and the use of modalities to treat pediatrics (SPD, ADHD, Autism), TBI, and Stroke Rehab. The show also discusses the importance of rhythm and timing in the brain, and how it affects our everyday lives. You can listen to the interview at this link: VoiceAmerica
“IM not only gave me back my life - it became a part of my life”
Joanne had no idea what was in store for her when her daughter enrolled her grandchildren into one of my IM programs. As the weeks went by and the children started to show dramatic signs of improvement, her daughter’s plan to help her began to unfold. It started with an innocent e-mail “I see how much IM is helping my children, do you think it could help my mother?” - and so the plot began to thicken...
In an article written in Discovery Fitness & Health, it is explained that the brain has the ability to re-generate connections between neurons. Essentially by creating new pathways between healthy areas of the brain and those affected by the injury, the brain learns to operate those affected tasks in other healthy areas; a process called neuroplasticity, which is essentially the ability of the brain to change structurally and functionally. It is in this area that Interactive Metronome®(IM) can help those who have suffered from a brain injury or stroke get back the skills they have lost as a result of their trauma.
IM is an assessment and treatment tool that is based on rhythm and timing. The patient performs a suite of technical movements to a constant beat that are specific to their diagnosis and is overseen by an IM specialist, the program is modified to meet each individual needs for maximum outcomes. These exercises stimulate the brain to make connections to healthy areas so it can improve the ones affected.
Whether it’s a small trauma or a severe injury, the brain has the ability to learn new connections; and while brain damage is scary for most people, there are ways to recover from it.
Bob is now able to use his right arm to feed himself, write his name legibly, make a sandwich, dial the phone and tie his shoes. Bob’s therapist recently ran into him at a high school swim meet. He gestured to her to climb up high in the bleachers to join him where they “caught up” on all of his latest activities!
Seniors take to metronome to add stability to gait, even to golf game
A senior community is taking advantage of IM by incorporating it to different therapy sessions for its residents. Read how Marjorie Treadwell refuses to succumb to a fate that has disabled many of her friends and neighbors.