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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Might Restore Independent Waking among Stroke Patients

By jeremyc | May 10, 2018

According to a recent meta-analysis of several existing studies, stroke patients might be able to walk independently more easily if they receive repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS for short), a procedure in which small electromagnetic pulses are sent to certain parts of the brain.

rTMS at present is used in treatment of several conditions, like anxiety, depression, psychosis and some other mood-related conditions. According to a recently-published study, over 33 percent of schizophrenia patients with auditory verbal hallucinations have reported improved symptoms after this procedure.

For some time now, researchers have also been exploring if this technique can be useful in enhancing quality of life of stroke patients.

In the latest study, the experts meta-analyzed 9 studies that were published in last few years. The study authors were interested in finding out if rTMS bettered motor skills of stroke patients. Specifically speaking, the researchers wanted to see if the stroke patients who had received rTMS reported better balance, walking speed, and other improvements.

It was found that stroke patients who received rTMS on the very side of their brain where they suffered stroke showed better walking speed. However, no notable improvement was observed among those who received the treatment on the opposite side.

These are significant findings because stroke is responsible for maximum number of permanent disability cases than any other condition. However, at the same time, the researchers are of the opinion that further research, with greater follow-up period and larger study group, needs to be done.

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