The following exercises are for patients only moderately affected by their stroke. They may use a wheelchair to move or they might be able to walk with the aid of another person or using a walking aid. However, patients often “lead” with their unaffected side, leaving the other side behind. Therefore, balance problems are likely to appear along with difficulty shifting weight toward the affected side.
The purpose of this exercise program is to:
- Promote flexibility and relaxation of muscles
- Help return to more normal movement
- Improve balance and coordination
- Decrease pain and stiffness
- Maintain range of motion in the affected arm and leg
Before beginning with these exercises, please be ensured that your clothing will not restrict movements. It is not necessary to wear shorts such as shown in the illustrations, leisure clothing such as sweat suits or jogging suits is appropriate.
Exercises to enhance shoulder motion and possibly prevent shoulder pain
Lie on your back on a firm bed, and interlace your fingers with your hands resting on your stomach.
Slowly raise your arms to shoulder level, keeping your elbows straight. At last, return your hands to resting position on your stomach.
Another similar exercise will help you to maintain shoulder motion, especially for someone who has difficulty rolling over in bed.
While raising your hand and straightening your elbows, slowly move your hands to one side and then the other.
Exercises to promote motion in the pelvis, hip and knee
Bend your knees and put your feet flat on the bed. Holding your knees tightly together and slowly move them as far to the right as possible, return to the center and repeat it by moving them to the left.
Exercises to rise from a sitting position
Sit on a firm chair that has been placed against the wall to prevent slipping.
Interlace your fingers; reach forward with your hands. With your feet slightly apart and your hips at the edge of the seat, lean forward, lifting your hips up slightly from the seat, then slowly return to sitting.
An important thing is to take your time when you exercise. Don’t rush the movements or strain to complete them. If the pain occurs, move only to the point where it begins to hurt. If the pain continues, don’t do this exercise.
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