A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to a part of the brain is interrupted. The brain cells in that part begin to die. Consequently, abilities controlled by that part of the brain are also lost. A stroke can result in paralysis of any part or parts of the body or it may cause weakness or even impair your ability to speak.

Exercises are an important part of recovery after a stroke to increase muscle control and reduce spasticity. The brain is resilient enough to recover after a stroke. The sooner you become active after the stroke the better.

Here are a few exercises that can aid in faster recovery after a stroke.

Leg Exercises

  1. Sit on a chair with your back as erect as possible. Now, keeping your core tight, lift the affected leg to your chest with the help of your arms. Hold that position for a couple of seconds before you slowly place your leg back down. Go over this exercise with your other leg. Repeat alternatively on both legs for 10 times each.
  2. While sitting on a chair with a straight back, stretch one of your legs out in front of you such that it is parallel to the floor. Then, bring it back to its original position. Now, repeat the exercise with your other leg. Alternate this exercise between your two legs for about 10 times each.

Balance Exercises

  1. Sit on your bed with your feet touching the floor. Keep your back straight. Now, lean to your left side by supporting your body on your left elbow which you have placed on your bed. Return to the original position and then repeat it on the other side. Go over this exercise on both sides for about 10 times each.

Arm Exercises

  1. Rotate your shoulders slowly, forward and backward. Do 20 of each.
  2. Move your arms in every way and every angle possible. Stretch tighter muscles slightly till you feel a pull. Hold that position for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  3. With your affected hand, grasp and squeeze the handle for a door, a refrigerator or a drawer. Now, pull and push i.e., open and close the door or drawer.

Hand Exercises

  1. Hold out your palms as if you are signaling someone to stop. Move your thumb onto your palm towards your little finger such that you are now showing the number four. Keep moving your thumb back and forth.
  2. Keeping your palms stretched open, at your wrist move your palms up and down. Repeat this exercise with your palm facing away from you and with your palm facing towards you.

Exercising the affected part of the body after a stroke can be difficult and painful, but it is important to be persevering to make a speedy and strong recovery.

At One Life, we specialize in long-term care and treatment of people suffering from the after-effects of a stroke. We provide balance care, physiotherapy, design a diet, and liaise with physicians. Our experienced team of physiotherapists, doctors, nurses and dietitians work together to care and treating the disease. Call us on 1800 425 19999 for more information.