How to Do Stroke Recovery Exercises

Doctors, physical therapists, and researchers continue to discover the benefits of regular stroke exercise for your .

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  • Have you had a good experience with your stroke rehabilitation and treatment? Please share your favorite and most effective stroke rehab exercises or treatment below. Please note that submissions from others are for informational purposes only and are not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor are intended to be a substitute. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider concerning questions you have regarding your health or a loved one's health concerns.

    Weight Bearing Exercises – These stroke rehab exercises are often unfamiliar to patients but can be some of the most important exercises that one does. Weight bearing can help reduce excessive tone brought on by a stroke and strengthen weak muscles. Weight bearing also helps prevent bone loss. If a stroke victim tends to put all of their weight on the strong leg, then the weak leg will begin to experience decreases in bone density. This bone loss can lead to “brittle bones” which also puts a person at higher risk for fractures. It is important to do weight bearing for the arms and legs.

  • There are three types of exercise you should try to incorporate into your routine:
    • Cardiovascular exercise (walking, biking, swimming, upper arm bike)
    • Muscular strengthening exercise
    • Flexibility/stretching exercise

    There are three types of exercise you should try to incorporate into your routine:
    • Cardiovascular exercise (walking, biking, swimming, upper arm bike)
    • Muscular strengthening exercise
    • Flexibility/stretching exercise

    Study Type: Interventional
    Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
    Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
    Primary Purpose: Treatment
    Official Title: Determining Optimal Post-Stroke Exercise (DOSE)

  • Have you had a good experience with your stroke rehabilitation and treatment? Please share your favorite and most effective stroke rehab exercises or treatment below. Please note that submissions from others are for informational purposes only and are not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor are intended to be a substitute. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider concerning questions you have regarding your health or a loved one's health concerns.

Example butterfly stroke exercise

These exercises are done once some sort of mobility and movement to the affected limbs and joints have been restored. In this, the person does the exercises with the help of a cane or with the help of the unaffected limb. This helps to strengthen the muscles. These could include stretching or wrist rolling exercises. Active and resisted range of motion exercises. Once the person shows drastic improvement, he can start doing exercises without assistance. These are muscle-strengthening exercises, which may use weights or resistance bands to gain good control over movement and mobility.