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How to Use FitMi to Overcome Post-Stroke Paralysis (Plus a Success Story)

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If you’re trying to recover from post-stroke paralysis, we have an inspiring success story to share with you. A stroke survivor named Ron was able to move his arm for the first time ever after just 3 weeks of using FitMi home therapy.

Not many people understand how they can use FitMi to overcome post-stroke paralysis, and today we’re explaining the steps. Below you’ll discover Ron’s success story and how you can recover from post-stroke paralysis just like him.

Stroke Survivor Finally Moves His Arm After Grappling with Paralysis

Here is the story of Ron’s recovery as told by his caregiver and wife, Lisa Wilson:

“My husband suffered a stroke caused by a dissecting carotid artery in late May of this year. He lost 40% of his left hemisphere of his brain causing right side paralysis.

His speech was slightly impaired but thankfully Drs believe he is a rare left handed person with speech located in right hemisphere of his brain!

Ron was in ICU for a week, followed by a rehab hospital for five more weeks. He came home and has done out patient therapy three days a week since.

About three weeks ago I ordered the FitMi and just this past week he moved his arm for the very first time!!! He and I both think the repetitive movement of the arm has given his brain the signal that it’s there and ready to move!!!

He will continue with both the FitMi and his other therapies for as long as it takes to fully recover!!!” 

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Ron was able to regain movement in his paralyzed arm by using FitMi to accomplish passive exercise.

Passive exercise is key to recovery from post-stroke paralysis. We’ll explain how to exercise passively soon. But first we need to cover a critical concept that makes the whole thing work.

Stroke Paralysis Recovery Is All About Healing the Brain

In order to regain movement after stroke, you need to reconnect your mind to your muscles. This is possible through neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is your brain’s built-in mechanism for rewiring itself. After stroke, neuroplasticity allows the healthy parts of your brain to take over lost functions, like movement.

The brain responds to stimulation, so the more you practice a skill, the stronger the neural connections become. Neuroplasticity is activated in proportion to how much you practice something.

To regain movement in paralyzed muscles after stroke, you need to practice moving those muscles repetitively. This brings up a few questions, like how can you move muscles that are paralyzed? And how much repetition is enough?

Let’s dig into the details.

How to Exercise Paralyzed Muscles

Rehabilitating paralyzed limbs starts with passive exercise.

Passive exercise simply means that you use your non-affected side to assist your affected side. For example, if you’re trying to regain movement in a paralyzed arm, you would use your non-affected arm to move your paralyzed arm.

Although you aren’t technically doing the movement yourself, your brain still receives stimulation and sparks the rewiring process. With enough passive exercise, you can begin to regain small movements in your paralyzed muscles just like Ron.

The benefit of using tools like FitMi (instead of following along to paper sheets) is that it tracks your progress and motivates more repetition. On average, FitMi motivates patients to achieve 400+ repetitions per session, which is 12 times more than the average outpatient therapy visit.

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Hard Work Leads to Recovery

If you want to regain movement after stroke paralysis, you need to move your affected muscles through passive rehab exercises repetitively.

The more repetitions you perform, the more your brain will start to rewire itself and reconnect mind to muscle. In time, you might see twitches or other early signs of movement coming back. Use that as a green light to keep going.

If you’re interested in trying FitMi, you can learn more about it here »

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

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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.

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