Stroke and Recovery

Can a novel approach of using simple eye exercises restore movement after having a stroke? According to a recent study the use of optokinetic chart was able to not only improve balance but also to restore limbs that had zero movement.

“A case report on the use of a novel optokinetic chart stimulation intervention for the restoration of voluntary movement and mobility in a patient with an acute hemorrhagic stroke”

Benjamin Chitambira∗ Richard Stevens (Stroke) Ward, William Harvey Hospital, East Kent Hospitals, University NHS Trust, Ashford, Kent, England, UK

This was a single patient case study in an in-patient, acute stroke and rehabilitation ward. A 78 year old patient was admitted to the stroke unit after sudden onset left sided weakness, unsteadiness and falling to the left side. A CT scan showed a hemorrhage on the right side of her brain. She had no arm or leg movement on the left side as well as unable to be aware of people or objects on the left side of her body. She also had dizziness and depression

Treatment started with optokinetic chart stimulation, a chart of repeated color groups in front of the patient instructing her to look at the center of the chart. This was done in specific eye directions in various postures. The patient had recovered strength in the left lower limb. Assisted active muscle movement was initiated for the left arm. By week seven she regained full use of her left leg as well as voluntary use of the left shoulder arm elbow wrist and fingers.

I have used optokinetic tape and chart stimulation for a variety of neurological conditions including stroke. The use of utilizing the eyes to stimulate in this fashion as well as other eye exercises is an excellent way to stimulate a multitude of various brain regions. Although specificity is necessary especially when over stimulation can take the patient beyond progression to regression, so a thorough understanding of the nervous system and condition is warranted.

At the Chiropractic Neurology Center there are a variety of brain based conditions treated by utilizing one’s knowledge of the various brain regions and connections.

Chiropractic Neurology Center

Dr. Paul Stefanelli

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist

Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology


685 Bloomfield Ave. Suite 104

Verona, NJ  973-239-0070