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9 Best Stroke Recovery Tools for Home Rehabilitation

best stroke recovery tools for physical therapy at home

If you’re trying to improve movement during stroke rehabilitation, then these stroke recovery tools can help.

We’ve listed our favorite gadgets and gizmos below, organized by muscle group.

Stroke Recovery Tools for Hands and Fine Motor Skills

1. Therapy Putty

using therapy putty as a stroke recovery tool

Therapy putty is a popular stroke recovery tool. It’s affordable and portable, so you can take your hand therapy with you wherever you go.

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2. MusicGlove

best recovery tools for stroke survivors

MusicGlove is our hand therapy device that’s clinically proven to improve hand function in 2 weeks. It’s more expensive than putty, but it helps you improve hand function much faster.

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3. Tabletop Mirror

tabletop mirror to practice stroke recovery exercises

Mirror therapy is a great way to improve hand movement when you have paralysis or severely impaired movement. It tricks your brain into thinking that you’re moving your affected hand (when you aren’t), which activates neuroplasticity and helps “wake up” your affected hand!

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Stroke Recovery Tools for the Full-Body

4. TENS Therapy Unit

electrical stimulation tool for stroke recovery

Electrical stimulation (or TENS therapy) is a great way to boost movement after stroke. The electrical stimulation helps boost neuroplasticity and rewire your brain.

TENS therapy is only effective when you use it in conjunction with rehab exercise, so don’t forget that essential step! Your therapist should help you with learning how to use this device safely.

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5. FitMi

FITMI tool for stroke rehab

FitMi is our full-body home therapy device that helps get your whole body moving. Our customers have experienced rapid movement improvement with FitMi.

One woman saw results in just 3 days, and another man was able to move his arm for the first time ever after just 3 weeks!

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6. Stability Ball with Base

stability ball for stroke rehab

Stability balls are great tools for improving core strength after stroke. If you’re trying to improve balance, then strengthening your core is essential.

Since many stroke survivors struggle with balance after stroke, you can improve safety by getting a base with your stability ball.

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Stroke Recovery Tools for Arms and Shoulders

7. Dumbbells

dumbbell exercises for stroke recovery

Dumbbells are simple tools for rebuilding upper extremity strength after stroke. Before you invest in a pair, you can start by using household items as light weights (like water bottles or soup cans) until you get strong enough to progress to heavier weights.

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8. Resistance Bands

resistance bands stroke recovery tool

Resistance bands can be used for the full body, but they’re particularly useful for your arms and shoulders. Use them to do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and much more.

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Stroke Recovery Tools for Legs

9. Stationary Cycles

stationary cycles for stroke rehabilitation

Stationary bikes are a great option for bilateral training. If one leg is weaker than the other, the stronger leg can help support your affected leg. In time, your affected leg will get stronger and stronger as you rewire your brain.

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Which Stroke Recovery Tools Are Right for You?

When it comes to choosing stroke recovery tools, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself:

  • Does this help me achieve high repetition?
  • Can I see myself using this consistently?
  • Does this make me excited to do therapy?

Repetition is important because it activates neuroplasticity, the mechanism that your brain uses to rewire itself. Rewiring your brain is how you will reconnect your mind to your muscles and improve movement.

Consistency is important because that’s how you reinforce all the new connections that you’re forming in your brain. And excitement is important because, well, consistency is difficult without it.

So what did you get the most excited about from this list?

That’s the best stroke recovery tool for you!

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You’re on a Roll! See how Jerry is regaining movement with FitMi home therapy

5 stars

My husband is getting better and better!

“My name is Monica Davis but the person who is using the FitMi is my husband, Jerry. I first came across FitMi on Facebook. I pondered it for nearly a year. In that time, he had PT, OT and Speech therapy, as well as vision therapy.

I got a little more serious about ordering the FitMi when that all ended 7 months after his stroke. I wish I hadn’t waited to order it. He enjoys it and it is quite a workout!

He loves it when he levels up and gets WOO HOOs! It is a wonderful product! His stroke has affected his left side. Quick medical attention, therapy and FitMi have helped him tremendously!”

Monica & Jerry’s review of FitMi home therapy

What are these “WOO HOOs” about?

FitMi is like your own personal therapist encouraging you to accomplish the high repetition of exercise needed to improve.

When you beat your high score or unlock a new exercise, FitMi provides a little “woo hoo!” as auditory feedback. It’s oddly satisfying and helps motivate you to keep up the great work.

In Jerry’s photo below, you can see him with the FitMi pucks below his feet for one of the leg exercises:

FitMi is beloved by survivors and used in America’s top rehab clinics

Many therapists recommend using FitMi at home between outpatient therapy visits and they are amazed by how much faster patients improve when using it.

It’s no surprise why over 14,000 OTs voted for FitMi as “Best of Show” at the annual AOTA conference; and why the #1 rehabilitation hospital in America, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, uses FitMi with their patients.

This award-winning home therapy device is the perfect way to continue recovery from home. Read more stories and reviews by clicking the button below:

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