Full Body Exercises for Stroke Patients

Full Body Exercises for Stroke Patients

Welcome to our complete collection of exercises for stroke patients, where we will cover every muscle group from head to toe.

Let’s start with our foundation.

Leg Exercises

If you are starting with limited mobility, try these seated leg exercises that you can do from any comfortable seated position.

When you’re ready for a challenge, try these leg exercises from Liliana, DPT.

They’re also done from a seated position, but there are options to make each exercise easy or hard depending on your current mobility level.

Core Exercises

A strong core is essential for good balance and reducing your risk of falling.

For something easy, try these seated balance exercises.

Or, if you enjoy visual guidance, see these 5 core exercises with pictures. They’re all guided by our friend Cassie, DPT.

If you have good core strength already, then refer to our advanced balance exercises. Each exercise includes an option to make it more difficult when you’re looking for a challenge.

Arm and Shoulder Exercises

For those who have some movement in their arm, you can try some active arm exercises that can give your affected side a good workout.

Then, try these shoulder exercises to reduce pain and boost mobility. Although the focus is on your shoulder, each exercise involves the use of your arm, so you’ll get a little arm workout in, too.

If you have a paralyzed arm, then some passive arm exercises are a great place to start. During these exercises, you assist your affected arm through each movement to prevent contractures and regain movement.

(Read: 5 Ways to Regain Movement in a Paralyzed Arm or Leg after Stroke)

Wrist, Hand, and Finger Exercises

For your hands, we have 30+ hand therapy exercises for you to try.

Hand and finger exercises for stroke patients

A great place to start is with these 9 hand exercises for stroke patients with pictures. They’re all guided by our friend Barbara, OTA.

And if you’re looking for something to download, check out our therapy putty exercises that includes a free downloadable PDF!

Eye Exercises

Your eyes are controlled by muscles, and sometimes those muscles are weakened by stroke.

eye exercises after stroke

Luckily, you can regain your vision after stroke by performing eye exercises.

Consistent, diligent eye exercise can help restore partial or total vision.

How to Get the Most Out of These Exercises

As you get started with your exercise regimen, there are 3 critically important things to focus on:

Recovery = Neuroplasticity + Repetition + Consistency

Neuroplasticity is how your brain rewires itself and heals after stroke. When there is damage in the brain, neuroplasticity allows your brain to rewire new connections around the damage.

The best way to activate neuroplasticity is with repetitive practice. Each time you repeat something, like rehab exercises, your brain begins to rewire itself through neuroplasticity.

If you follow this formula, you are GOLDEN.

More Repetition = More Success

It works in a chain reaction like this:

  • The more you practice a movement, the more you activate neuroplasticity
  • The more neuroplasticity you activate, the stronger the connections in your brain become
  • The stronger your brain becomes, the stronger YOU become

So when you get started with these exercises, try to aim for a high number of repetitions. That’s how you’ll see results!

The Fastest Way to Improve Movement in Your Body

From our experience, we know that it can be hard to motivate yourself to do more than 30-something tabletop exercises like these (which is how much traditional therapy requires).

Luckily, we solved that problem with our latest home therapy device, FitMi.

FitMi is an interactive home therapy system that helps you achieve at least 12 times more repetition than traditional therapy. This means that neuroplasticity is being activated to the max and you see the best results possible.

One of our customers saw improvement in just 3 days because FitMi helped her complete thousands of repetitions in each half hour session.

If you’re trying to recover from stroke faster and improve full-body mobility, then FitMi is a great fit for you.

Learn more about FitMi and watch patient videos here.