Stroke rehab is all about retraining the brain and restoring proper communication between your brain and muscles. To do this, you need to utilize repetitive practice and neuroplasticity. To learn more, see our article on how the brain recovers after stroke.
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If you need to regain strength and coordination in your legs, you can try these at-home leg exercise.
Also, if you have access to a treadmill suspension system to support your body weight, it will serve as great exercise to restore normal walking pattern (gait). Otherwise, it’s safest to practice assisted walking on land instead of a machine.
To reduce your risk of falling after stroke, you’ll need to work on your leg and core strength, as they provide the stability you need for walking and maneuvering.
As you continue to work on your balance, it’s important to practice maneuvering over different terrain. For example, the ability to heel-toe walk at home is very different from moving around people in the supermarket.
Always be sure to apply your practices to the real world as much as safely possible.
Arm and Shoulder Exercises
To work on your upper limb mobility, you can try these at-home exercises:
Hand and Fine Motor Exercises (Our Specialty)
Increasing difficulty as you improve is essential for improvement. When looking for hand therapy options, look for something that allows you to make things more challenging as you go along.
To help with hand dexterity and mobility on a budget, try using these tools:
- Hand therapy balls (stress balls of different softness/hardness)
- Therapy putty (essentially playdough with different resistances, from extra soft to firm)
If you’re not looking to invest in some hand therapy tools yet, try these at-home exercises in the meantime:
For something fun, you can try MusicGlove hand therapy. The music makes it enjoyable and the gaming makes you forget that it’s even rehab in the first place! And it’s proven to improve hand function in 2 weeks.
It’s our primary product, and you can read testimonials and learn more here.
Vision loss affects about 25% of stroke survivors.
If your vision suffered after stroke, it’s because the muscles that control your eyes were affected. To partially or completely restore your vision, try these eye exercises to strengthen your eye muscles.
Stroke Rehab Exercise Videos
If you’re looking for more than written exercises, FlintFit can be a great option.
FlintFit is our new stroke therapy program that let’s you watch therapist-guided rehab exercise videos for the legs, core, arm, and hand.
You can check out some of the videos here to see if it’s right for you.
The biggest obstacles during stroke rehab exercises are pain, spasticity, and lack of motivation.
To bust free from the bodily obstacles, see our articles on:
- Post Stroke Pain – Causes, Treatments, and Tips*
- The Answers to Post Stroke Spasticity That No One Talks About*
- Why You Need Lots of Sleep After Stroke*
To bust free from the mental obstacles, these are our best articles on motivation:
- 3 Foolproof Ways to Stay Motivated*
- How to Get Motivated to Do Your Rehab Exercises*
- How to Reprogram Your Mind for Growth*
*These 6 articles together get over half of our reader attention, so we know you’ll enjoy them.
With these exercises and resources, you’ll have everything you need to get moving today!