When you or a loved one suffers a stroke, it can be a stressful process to regain control over the use of muscles and limbs. Getting around can become a massive challenge, and in many cases, motor recovery can be much like learning as an infant for the first time. That said, there are ways you can help influence mobility recovery. Here are some techniques and different therapies that could prove to be handy when and if the time comes.
Believe it or not, music has mobility-boosting capabilities. This is achieved through the stimulation of the brain by enriching the environment, which can lead to sensory, cognitive, and motor redevelopment. Add it to a daily schedule of exercises, be sure to put on a favourite album or two, and it just might help speed up recovery.
A more traditional yet still effective trick is to practice touching your toes while standing still. This helps to strengthen balance and core strength along with the connection between the mind and limbs. With practice and dedication on a daily basis, it can lead to improved recovery times, especially when combined with other methods as part of a program of techniques.
The mind is a powerful thing, but it can easily be manipulated and fooled! For stroke sufferers dealing with weak or paralyzed hands, using mirrors to trick the brain into thinking the non-affected hand is being moved can be a highly effective technique. Try it with exercises such as making fists, lifting fingers one at a time, rotating wrists and grabbing objects.
For stroke sufferers slowly on the mend seeking to regain full control of their mobility, dance movement therapy can be hugely beneficial. The trick is not to focus on the dance steps themselves, but rather to move freely along with the music to develop emotionally, cognitively and physically all at once. This can also be used to combat stress and depression, and it’s sure to create some smiles and positive feelings. Getting the mind to an optimistic place is essential to mobility recovery, as it ensures improved mental health during the process and a willingness to try. There is a beautiful YouTube video showing a person suffering from Parkinson’s went from shuffling with a walker to singing and dancing without support.
These activities might seem insignificant, but they can make a world of difference to a stroke sufferer seeking to regain control over their mobility. In addition, we recommend seeking out professional mobility rehabilitation services, of which we now offer at Qualicare Ottawa in partnership with NeuroGymRehab. To learn more about these specialized in-home services and how we can help, contact us today.
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