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How to Treat Hand Paralysis After Stroke (A Story from a Post-Rehabilitation Specialist)

hand paralysis treatment after stroke recovery

See how a post-rehabilitation exercise specialist named Margaret helped her husband recover from hand paralysis after stroke.

His therapist said that he would never move his hand again – but Margaret proved the therapists wrong.

See the exact steps she took for his hand paralysis treatment below. We hope it inspires your recovery.

Recovering from Hand Paralysis

Margaret never knew that her career as a post-rehabilitation exercise specialist would help her personal life one day.

But after a massive stroke left her husband with hemiparesis, including hand paralysis, she quickly got to work.

The prognosis for stroke patients with paralysis are not good. In fact, Margaret’s husband was told that here was no hope to regain hand movement.

Margaret, however, refused to accept that her husband couldn’t recover.

She researched hand recovery options and purchased Flint Rehab’s MusicGlove for physical therapy at home.

Then she used MusicGlove to help him regain hand function by combining it with mirror therapy – with a twist.

We illustrate her method step by step below.

How to Treat Hand Paralysis

1. Understand Mirror Therapy

Typically, mirror therapy involves using a tabletop mirror to reflect your ‘good’ hand in place of your affected hand. (See the photo above.)

This creates the illusion that both hands are moving and tricks your brain into thinking that your affected hand is working.

Although you logically know it’s just a reflection, this still helps activate neuroplasticity and begins rewiring the brain through the process of neuroplasticity.

2. Use Mirror Therapy Differently

Margaret used the principles of mirror therapy for this hand paralysis treatment, but she ditched the mirror.

Instead, she placed the MusicGlove on her husband’s ‘good hand’ and had him exercise with MusicGlove normally. Meanwhile, 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 mirroring helped her husband’s brain rewire itself.

Because of this unique physical therapy, he went from being completely flaccid to having twitches! (More on this noteworthy sign of recovery later.)

3. Try Different Exercises

You don’t have to use this hand paralysis treatment program with MusicGlove. You can try it with any hand therapy exercise you like. All that matters is that you’re being consistent and exercising daily.

4. Be Repetitive About It

Elizabeth’s husband saw remarkable results with MusicGlove because the device utilizes a high number of repetitions (hundreds of repetitions per session).

In order to efficiently rewire the brain, you need high 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.

5. Don’t Get Discouraged

Your results may come 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.

Signs of Recovery from Hand Paralysis

Every recovery is different, so everyone will see results at different speeds.

Margaret’s husband was able to see twitches after just a few weeks of this hand paralysis treatment.

While twitches are small movements, they are a big deal for someone recovering from hand paralysis – especially after his therapist said it was impossible.

This proves that, even when the prognosis is grim, there is always hope for recovery.

Your brain might just need some mirror therapy with a unique twist to start the rewiring process.

When you put in the reps, the brain will respond.

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Get Inspired with This Stroke Survivor Story

Mom gets better every day!

When my 84-year-old Mom had a stoke on May 2, the right side of her body was rendered useless. In the past six months, she has been blessed with a supportive medical team, therapy team, and family team that has worked together to gain remarkable results.

While she still struggles with her right side, she can walk (with assistance) and is beginning to get her right arm and hand more functional. We invested in the FitMi + MusicGlove + Tablet bundle for her at the beginning of August.

She lights up when we bring it out and enjoys using it for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time. While she still doesn’t have enough strength to perform some of the exercises, she rocks the ones she can do!

Thanks for creating such powerful tools to help those of us caring for stroke patients. What you do really matters!

David M. Holt’s review of FitMi home therapy, 11/09/2020

5 stars

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