Stroke rehabilitation exercises are never ‘easy’ because rewiring your brain is exhausting stuff!
So when we say “easy stroke rehabilitation exercises,” what we actually mean is “challenging-but-doable stroke rehabilitation exercises.”
Because rehab isn’t effective unless it’s a little challenging – so hopefully you’re willing to stick with us for this one!
Learn how to relieve spasticity – it’ll help with the stiffness.
You can also try gentle stretching to increase your range of motion.
Stretching is incredibly important because it helps prevent joint contracture, or joints that will no longer straighten. You should move your body every day, otherwise your joints can lock from lack of motion, and it can be quite painful.
Try simple stretches everyday to reduce your risk of developing stiff joints. It can be painful when your joints become locked from lack of motion, so simple stretching every day can greatly reduce your risk of developing painful, locked joints.
Practice some effective balance exercises.
Because stroke often affects only one side of the body, many survivors are left with poor balance.
Once sitting is no longer an issue, you can move on to practicing standing balance exercises like lifting your unaffected foot from the floor while standing on your affected leg.
See our complete collection of rehab exercises.
Lastly, stroke survivors can practice weight-bearing exercises.
Try wearing a weighted restraint on your strong limb to help you focus on using your weakened side (also known as Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy).
It’s important to focus on exercising your affected side because neglecting that side can lead to decreased bone density which puts you at a higher risk of fracture and bone loss – eek!
Rehab Exercise Videos
To watch a licensed therapist guide you through some full-body rehab exercises, grab a copy of our FlintFit stroke therapy DVD program.
It contains 16 full-body rehab exercise videos of varying difficulty.
You can start with Level 1 videos, which are perfect for individuals recovering from severe movement impairment, and then progress your way to Level 3 as you get better.
They’re never “easy” until you master them through practice. But we think you’ll really enjoy them!