If you’re suffering from hand paralysis after stroke, there are all sorts of ways to get your hand back.
Sometimes hand therapy exercises alone are enough, but when the condition is stubborn, then you may need some creativity.
The method we’re about to discuss came from one of our patients’ wife, Elizabeth. She was a post-rehabilitation exercise specialist who had the know-how to get a little creative with our hand therapy device MusicGlove.
In time, she helped her husband regain movement in his paralyzed hand even when his therapist said there was no hope.
The results were remarkable, and we discussed the method in detail in a previous article.
Now, we’re covering the method again in broader terms so that you can apply it any way you like.
1. Understand Mirror Therapy
This hand paralysis treatment uses the same principles as mirror therapy.
Mirror therapy involves performing hand exercises with your ‘good’ hand while a mirror reflects the image of your good hand in place of your affected hand. (See the picture above.)
This creates the illusion that your affected hand is moving and tricks your brain into thinking that it’s moving your affected hand.
This initiates neuroplasticity in the brain even though you aren’t actually moving those muscles.
2. Use Mirror Therapy Differently
Unlike mirror therapy, however, you won’t need any mirrors for this treatment. Instead, ask a caregiver to assist your affected hand to mirror what your good hand is doing.
For example, in Elizabeth’s treatment, she had her husband play MusicGlove with his good hand while she assisted his affected hand to copy exactly what he was doing with his other hand.
This helped initiate neuroplasticity in his brain and eventually brought movement back!
3. Try Different Exercises
Now, you don’t have to do this with MusicGlove.
You can try it with any hand therapy exercise you like.
Recommendation #1: You can try this method with any of our hand therapy exercises – there are 30+ free options for you to choose from.
Recommendation #2: You can also try our FlintFit stroke therapy DVD program which includes four 10-minute long hand exercises (along with many others) guided by licensed therapists.
It doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you do something and apply this method to it. It may feel weird, but rest assured that your brain will be hard at work rewiring itself.
4. Be Repetitive About It
Elizabeth’s husband saw remarkable results with MusicGlove because the device utilizes a high number of repetitions (we’re talking hundreds and sometimes thousands of reps per session).
And in order for any exercise treatment to work, you need to utilize plenty of repetition because that’s how the brain rewires itself. Each time you repeat a movement, the connections in the brain become stronger.
If you aren’t consistent, then the connections quickly grow weaker and fail to produce results. So be sure to pick a regimen and stick with it.
5. Don’t Get Discouraged
Your results will come very slowly at first – almost painstakingly so.
Try to be as patient as you can with yourself. After all, you’re rewiring your brain. It’s a complex process that involves time and hard work.
Trust the process and know that although results aren’t showing immediately, your brain is hard at work trying to make something happen.
So, what do you think?
Have you ever tried something like this for your hand paralysis?
What are your thoughts on Elizabeth’s method?
Please leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!