Where does creativity fit in the field of rehabilitation science? The rehabINK team and illustrators in the Biomedical Communications Program at the University of Toronto have partnered to share their thoughts.
Introducing Issue 6 (Winter 2019) of rehabINK!
Research recruitment can be a lot like dating: there are many participants and studies in the sea, but it can be hard to find the perfect match. This article discusses some of the common challenges faced by researchers when recruiting study participants in the field of rehabilitation and introduces social media as a novel, viable platform for recruitment.
Ever imagine making hit music like Pharrell, painting like Georgia O’Keefe, or inventing like Blaise Pascal? For some people, artistic and creative worlds were opened to them after their brain injury. Extraordinary phenomena like these challenge our understanding of how the brain works―and has unexpected implications for the science and practice of rehabilitation.
Can a game of chess be used as a way to rehabilitate brain function for adults with traumatic brain injury? This article explores neuroscience research on chess and brain function. It shares insights into how this ancient two-person game has been used in neurorehabilitation to enhance memory, attention, and problem-solving in populations with and without cognitive disorders.
Recent evidence suggests that hand and arm orthoses, also known as splints, may not provide the expected therapeutic benefits. Yet, rehabilitation professionals such as occupational therapists (OTs) still may use them in their practice. This brief report describes how a group of Canadian OTs decide when and why to use orthoses to manage spasticity in stroke survivors.