The best exercises for stroke patients

26 Jul, 2022

Stroke is among the leading causes of death in Australia. Suffering from a stroke can be an emotionally draining experience as patients may feel like they are a burden to their loved ones. In addition, it can be frustrating to be unable to take part in activities you love.

It can be extremely beneficial to include physical activity as part of stroke rehabilitation to enhance balance, coordination, and movement. Stroke survivors need to exercise frequently as exercises may be an integral component of recovery. Below are some of the best exercises for after stroke recovery:

Aerobic conditioning

Cardiovascular or aerobic exercises improve endurance and maintain a healthy heart and lungs. Exercises like stationary cycling, walking on a treadmill, and recumbent cycling can help enhance motor skills and sensory perception. Spending 20 to 60 minutes daily doing light and moderate exercise for at least 3 days per week is advisable. You can choose to complete the 20-60 minutes activities at once or in different sessions throughout the day.

Treadmill exercise for stroke patient | Gen Physio

Muscle strengthening resistance exercises

Muscle strengthening and resistance training exercises are essential in improving range of motion, stability, stamina, and physical strength recovery. They include shoulder, leg, and arm exercises like:

  • Wrist curls- These exercises help improve gripping ability, range of motion, and forearm strength. You only need to grasp weights in your palm comfortably and firmly while making controlled movements.
  • Hand and wrist stretch- With your wrists dangling over a stable chair with an armrest, use one hand to move your wrist up and down and side to side. The hand and arm movement helps strengthen the forearm and wrist ligaments, maintaining range of motion.
  • Shoulder openers- Using lightweights, bend your elbows 90 degrees, and rotate your hands externally. Squeeze the shoulder blades together to initiate the movement. This can help improve the range of motion and strength around the shoulder. Besides, you will also prevent complications like shoulder subluxation.
  • Knee rotation- On a flat, firm surface, lie on your back, bend your knees, and slowly drop them from right to left. Knee rotation exercises will help improve balance, coordination, and back strength.
  • Hip abduction- On a stable chair, tighten your abs, straighten one knee, and move your foot to the side. You can modify this exercise by lying down or intensifying it by standing. This will strengthen your leg, hips, and back and improve stability and coordination.

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Physical exercises can help stroke patients reclaim their minds, bodies, and quality of life. With determination and regular exercise, stroke survivors can expect a promising future.

At Gen Physio, we have what it takes to help you or your loved one recover from a stroke. Whether you need Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Speech Therapy, we’re ready to help you achieve your goals faster. Contact us today for a holistic stroke rehabilitation program and learn more about our mobile occupational therapy service.

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