Having a stroke is not only a devastating personal experience, but is also a highly emotional time for you, your family, and friends. These simple exercises will help strengthen and improve your movement. As you gain an understanding of how your body works in the space around you, over time you will improve your everyday skills and strength.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die in minutes. Individuals who have suffered a stroke may exhibit an inability or difficulty with there speech production or understanding, numbness and weakness in the face, arm/s and leg/s and cognitive fallout. It is important to understand that although there are certainly types and categories of stroke, no one stroke is the same. These exercises may not apply directly to you. Visit your nearest physiotherapist and get a consult for exercises that are best suited to your recovery.
As Physiotherapists our role in Stroke rehabilitation is to enable people to relearn lost abilities, regain independence and reduce the risk of further strokes. This is achieved through the principles of early intervention and repetition.
Here are a handful of exercises that you may find helpful.