Stroke often affects both our ability of our hands to feel and our ability to contract muscles. Sensory and motor functions are tightly linked. Yet, most rehabilitation strategies aimed at regaining dexterity after stroke largely focus only on motor recovery.
We have previously found that some stroke patients have a disorganised touch perception map. When a patient is touched in one location on the hand while their eyes are closed, they feel it in some other location. There is little awareness of this condition, and it is generally not detected during routine neurological examination as even patients themselves are not aware of it.
Our recent study revealed that it is possible to correct this scrambled map, leading to improved motor functioning. This new evidence means that we can now focus on creating new rehabilitation strategies that can help patients to regain normal sensation and fine motor skill after a stroke.
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