The Feldenkrais Method benefits survivors of the leading cause of disability in the US

Occurring once every 40 seconds, strokes are the leading cause of disability in the US. For the 800,000 people who will have a stroke this year, the Feldenkrais Method can offer safe, gentle lessons to help survivors recover movement, balance, and flexibility.

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Rising Again: Gerard Rubaud bakes his famous bread with the help of the Feldenkrais Method

In the past week, during his twelve to fourteen hour days of making bread, Gérard Rubaud has noticed himself bending forward. It's not much of a surprise that his body isn't doing exactly what he'd like. In 2004, the seventy year old Westford baker suffered a stroke that left him clinging to life for two weeks, then wheelchair bound.

Out of the wheelchair now, Rubaud still has a near-total lack of sensation on his right side. In recent days, he discovered he couldn't independently grab the overhead lamp that he shines into the oven to watch his bread's progress. “I had to take a hook to bring the lamp down, so I get really pissed,” he says with a scowl.

The Feldenkrais Method is a complementary approach to motor learning that purports to induce change in chronic motor behaviors. This preliminary study describes the effects of a Feldenkrais program on balance and quality of life in individuals with chronic neurological deficits following stroke. Two male (48 and 53 years old) and 2 female participants (61 and 62 years old), 1 to 2.5 years poststroke, participated as a group in a 6-week Feldenkrais program. Pretest and posttest evaluations of the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI), and the Stroke Impact Scale (SIS) were administered. Data were analyzed using aWilcoxon signed-rank test. DGI and BBS scores improved an average of 55.2% (p=.033) and 11% (p=.034), respectively. SIS percentage recovery improved 35%. Findings suggest that gains in functional mobility are possible for individuals with chronic stroke using Feldenkrais movement therapy in a group setting.