Aerobic exercise improves cognition and motor function in stroke survivors, reveals study

May 3 2017 - 9:51pm

Impaired cognition and motor function in stroke survivors are challenging hurdles that patients must go through. It is well documented that exercise improves cognition and motor function in healthy individuals. But recently, scientists were able to find that this type of exercise is also able to improve neuropsychological and motor function measures in stroke survivors.

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Aerobic exercise improves cognition and motor function in stroke survivors, reveals study

In this clinical trial, 38 chronic stroke survivors were randomized to 2 different groups that exercised 3 times a week (45-minute sessions) for 8 weeks. The subjects in the aerobic exercise group, performed progressive resistive stationary bicycle training at 70% maximal heart rate, whereas the stretching exercise group, performed stretches at home.

The group performing aerobic exercise had remarkable improvements in four areas pertinent to cognition and motour function:

1) motor learning in the less-affected hand was improved

2) there was a significant improvement in the information processing speed on the serial reaction time task, when compared with the stretch exercise group

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3) there was a significant improvement in the predictive force accuracy for a precision grip task requiring attention and conditional motor learning of visual cues

4) Ambulation and sit-to-stand transfers were significantly faster in the aerobic exercise group.

Impaired cognition and motor function in stroke survivors is commonly found in approximately 50% to 75% of stroke patients, which prevents them from living independently at home. Such cognitive deficits, also delay successful physical rehabilitation and stroke recovery. Therefore, to know that aerobic exercise improves cognition and motor function post - stroke, gives new hope to stroke survivors.

Scientific research has discovered that parkinson’s disease patients benefit from regular exercise, and it has also been reported that exercising offers relief to fibromyalgia sufferers. Improvements in mental health through exercising is another advantage of being active, and many programs for addiction recovery are using exercise as one of the strategies to help recovering addicts. So, the health benefits of physical activities are far reaching and well worth a go.

Some natural ways that have been reported to reduce the risk of stroke are the consumption of magnesium and vitamin C. Heavy drinking has been linked to a heightened risk of early stroke. From these reports It is very clear that lifestyles changes may help reduce the risks of a stroke, and may even help stroke patients to recover faster.

Stroke symptoms include: sudden weakness and/or numbness of face, arm and/or leg especially on one side of the body; sudden blurred or loss of vision in one or both eyes; sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying; sudden dizziness, loss of balance or difficulty controlling movements. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact the emergency number in your city.

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