A stroke may cause problems in understanding or forming speech.

Although there are many different types of speech impairment, the most common symptoms are difficulties in speaking (motor aphasia), understanding speech, reading, or writing.

A stroke victim might be able to understand others but have tremendous physical difficulty speaking (resulting in telegraphic speech). Others might be able to formulate words properly without understanding others and with an incomprehensible speech. Some patients might forget words or speak normally without being able to read.

Why do you have trouble speaking?

Neurological functions are those mediated by your brain and nerves; they are essential for daily activities, such as speaking. Damage to the left side of the brain, e.g., parietal lobe, Broca’s center, or Wernicke’s center, is likely to cause speech disabilities. Between 25% and 40% of stroke victims suffer speech difficulties.

After a stroke, brain impairment results in disruption of information processing and transmission through the nervous system. This can translate into speech troubles: aphasia, anomia, dysarthria, and cognitive difficulties. Speech problems are often associated with other impairments, such as facial paralysis or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), since stroke damage can affect nearby brain areas.

How to recover your speech abilities after a stroke

Speech therapy consists in relearning how to pronounce words, associating words with pictures, and understanding them. Although most significant recovery happens in the first three months following a stroke, it is possible to improve even years after the accident.

One of the key neurological processes supporting post-stroke rehabilitation within the brain is its capacity to reorganize healthy neuron networks to form new information circuits. This process is called neuroplasticity.

NeuroAiD™ has been shown to boost the production of new neurons in the brain (neurogenesis) and to favor the connections between neurons (formation of synapses). These processes create a fertile brain environment for speech recovery.

What can you expect from NeuroAiD™?

Clinical trials have shown that 12.5% of patients receiving NeuroAiD™ are able to speak freely and take care of themselves after only one month of treatment, whereas only 6.3% of the control group, i.e., those who were not treated with NeuroAiD™, had achieved such recovery.

A case study* published in the European Neurology journal reports that the four patients who had speech disabilities, including expressive aphasia and anomia, reported improvements; after three months of treatment, two had fully recovered from their speech impairment.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 16:05
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