A rehabilitation specialist recently took our hand recovery device and flipped it on its head.
Although the device isn’t intended to treat hand paralysis, that’s exactly what it helped her husband with.
Here’s their story of recovering from hand paralysis after stroke:
Recovering from Stage 1 Hand Paralysis
Margaret, a post-rehabilitation exercise specialist, purchased a MusicGlove for her husband, a stroke survivor who had absolutely no movement in his affected hand.
He could not lift a single finger. He was in stage 1 of the Brunnstrom stages of recovery: Flaccidity.
Some stroke survivors are told that there’s no hope for flaccidity, and limiting statements like this should be taken with a grain of salt.
Case in point: His therapist said that he wouldn’t regain any hand movement, and that he would eventually lose all movement and die… What?!?!
We can’t even believe words like that are spoken in the clinic! Obviously this isn’t the norm, but it was still shocking to hear.
Flabberghasted, Margaret dismissed what the therapist said and started researching her options.
Because the truth is that if you have no movement in your affected hand, it’s still possible to regain movement. You can do whatever you put your mind to, as long as you put in the time and hard work.
And it helps to have a little ingenuity.
Unconventional Hand Rehabilitation Therapy
Margaret refused to accept that her husband couldn’t regain hand movement, so she took matters into her own hands.
Typically, mirror therapy involves using a tabletop mirror to reflect your ‘good’ hand in place of your affected hand. (See the photo above.)
When performing hand therapy exercises in this manner, it ‘tricks’ your brain into thinking that you’re actually moving your affected hand and helps rewire your brain.
It’s a highly effective method for regaining hand function after stroke. So Margaret used this principle, but ditched the mirror.
She placed the MusicGlove on her husband’s ‘good hand’ and had him use it that way. While he was doing this, she would assist his affected hand to mirror his movements.
She wouldn’t move his hand to the game; she moved his hand to exactly match what his other hand was doing. So if he missed a note, she missed a note.
This bilateral synchronicity helped rewire her husband’s brain, and he went from being completely flaccid to having twitches!
Signs of Recovery from Hand Paralysis
While twitches might not seem like a big deal to you, they were a big deal to this couple – especially when his therapist said it wasn’t possible.
Can you imagine the satisfaction and happiness they felt?
And twitches are just the beginning.
If he continues to use the device passively, then he can continue to improve until he can use the device independently. Then in due time and effort, he might progress into stage 7 of stroke recovery: full muscle control.
It’s a big, hairy goal – one that only a confident post-rehab specialist would think of – but it’s possible.
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
Can MusicGlove Help You Recover from Hand Paralysis?
MusicGlove is clinically proven to improve hand function in 2 weeks, but it does require some preexisting movement to get started.
However, Magaret proved that a little creativity can help you bend the rules.
So, if you suffer from hand paralysis, then MusicGlove may help if you’re willing to put in the time and patience.
Try using the device passively by assisting your affected hand with your unaffected hand. Do this until you regain enough hand function to use the device without assistance.
There’s no guarantee that it will work because every recovery is different. The choice is yours to make.
But no matter what you choose, always believe in a higher recovery.
Challenge the status quo, and believe in progress even when no one else does.