Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Friday, April 14, 2017

9 Hand Exercises for Stroke Patients with Pictures

Since this one does not have any hand exercises you may want to look at these;

New app offers support to clinicians on rehabilitation strategies for stroke patients

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Or maybe you want to try Madfits ideas from a stroke forum years ago:

arm-hand stroke exercises by madfit

 

The newest one here: Almost everything here assumes your hand is already high functioning with no spasticity. Useless for me.

 9 Hand Exercises for Stroke Patients with Pictures

Are you trying to improve hand function after stroke?
If so, these hand exercises can help. And we made sure to include something for everyone.
The following exercises are organized from easiest (Level 1) to hardest (Level 2), and they all feature Barbara, OTA, from our FlintFit stroke therapy program.
Barbara has some pretty sweet hand exercises, so let’s get to it!

Level 1 Hand Exercises for Stroke Patients

You will need: A tabletop
If you are starting out with little hand movement, then these exercises are a great place to start.
They can all be practiced passively (by using your non-affected hand to assist your affected hand) until you can practice them actively (by performing them on your own).

Exercise 1: Palm Up and Down


Place your hand on a table top with your palm facing up. Then, use your non-affected hand to help flip your palm down.
Repeat back and forth. Palm up, palm down. Repeat 10 times total.
You can see that Barbara is only using her finger to help assist her hand moving back and forth. Be sure to follow suit.
This encourages you to try and move your hand yourself as much as possible, which helps your brain rewire itself.

Exercise 2: Wrist Bend Movement


While keeping your elbow on the table, use your non-affected hand to stretch your affected hand at the wrist.
Stretch backward, then stretch forward. Perform this movement slowly for a total of 5 reps.

Exercise 3: Wrist Side Movement


Place your affected hand on the table with your palm down.
Then, use your non-affected hand to slide your hand to the left and then to the right. Focus on initiating the movement solely from your wrist.
Repeat slowly for a total of 5 reps. (Back and forth is one rep.)

Level 2 Hand Exercises for Stroke Patients

You will need: A tabletop, pen, and full water bottle
Once you have regained some movement in your hand, then advance onto these level 2 hand exercises.
If you’re feeling ambitious, try doing all level 1 exercises as a warm-up.

Exercise 1: Rolling Movement


Place your affected arm on the table and place a water bottle in your affected hand. Keep your hand and fingers relaxed.
Then, curl your fingers in and grasp the water bottle in your hand. Then release back down.
Repeat a total of 5 times.

Exercise 2: Wrist Curl


This exercise is much like a bicep curl, except for your wrist!
Grasp the water bottle still in your affected hand and use your non-affected hand to prop and support your arm.
Allow your wrist to stretch down, and then curl your wrist up. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise 3: Grip and Release




Place a pen to the side of the table and then grip it with your affected fingers.
Then, slide the pen across the table, and then release.
Make sure you grip the pen gently, using as little force as necessary to move the pen.
Repeat a total of 5 times back and forth across the table.

Level 3 Hand Exercises for Stroke Patients

You will need: A tabletop, pen, and 8 quarters
Alright, now we’re moving onto the more complex movements.
These are great for stroke patients who have regained some movement in their hand and are looking for a challenge to keep pushing their progress forward.

Exercise 1: Pen Spin


Place the pen on the table and use your thumb and fingers to spin it.
Try not to use your shoulder during this movement. You really want to isolate your thumb and fingers.
If you can, aim for speed during this exercise. Spin the pen quickly for 15 seconds.

Exercise 2: Coin Drop


This exercise is pretty hard to describe, so you may enjoy Barbara’s verbal and visual guidance in the FlintFit DVDs.
Start by placing 8 quarters in a row in the palm of your affected hand. Then, use your thumb to slide one quarter down into your index finger and thumb, so that you end up pinching the quarter with your index finger and thumb.
Then, place the quarter down onto the table while keeping the other quarters in your hand using your other fingers.
Repeat and place each quarter down on the table one by one.

Exercise 3: Finger Curl


Bend your affected arm and place your elbow on the table.
Then, make little “O’s” with your fingers by bringing the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb. Pinch, and release.
Then, repeat with your middle, ring, and pinkie finger. Pinch, and release. Repeat on all 4 fingers for a total of 7 sets.
This is the same movement that MusicGlove uses to help you improve hand function quickly.

Regain Hand Movement After Stroke

We know that fine motor skills are tough to recover, and we enjoy helping you achieve those goals.
That’s why we crank out free resources for hand exercises for our blog readers. We hope you enjoy them!
And if you’d like to learn more about our rehab device that can also help improve hand function, check out MusicGlove.
It combines enjoyable music and gaming with therapeutic Finger Curl movements to help you regain movement fast. Patients see results in just 2 weeks!

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