Exercise Videos for after a Stroke
Research indicates that your brain is amazingly resilient and capable of adapting after a stroke.
Exercise after experiencing a stroke may feel like a daunting task. In the beginning, it’s easier to do things with the parts of your body that are not damaged. But if you rely solely on those parts of your body, you could develop a habit of non-use in your injured limbs. When you stop using certain body parts, your risk of experiencing spasticity and pain in those areas increases. You can greatly reduce these risks by developing and maintaining a stretching and gentle exercise routine. The videos listed on this page can help you develop a good routine.
TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED…
- You may wish to have a family member or other support person with you for the first few classes.
- Wear comfortable clothing to ensure maximum movement of the exercises
- Wear good footwear with a rubber or other solid sole
- Make sure the chair is strong and in proper working order
- Position your chair on a flat surface
- Ensure there is ample room around the chair so you don’t hit anything
- For those in a wheel chair ensure the brakes are locked on. If you feel stable enough you can remove your armrests and/or footplates to allow more freedom of movement.
- The exercises should not cause pain. Only move as far as is comfortable.
The exercise videos on this page can be done by most people who have recovered from a stroke. However, because the effects of stroke vary, it is impossible to devise a single exercise program suitable for everyone. If you are unsure about what is right for you, consult your medical care team before beginning.
LIST OF VIDEOS …
(listed in order as they appear right to left)
- Before You Start — Safety Video (2 minutes)
- Exercise Class Video #1 (45 minutes)
- Exercise Class Video #2 (45 minutes)
- Exercise Class Video #3 (45 minutes)
- Exercise Class Video #4 (45 minutes)
- Exercise Class Video #5 (45 minutes)
- Strengthening Using Thera-bands (under 3 minutes)
- Sitting Balance Exercises (under 3 minutes)
- Hand Mobility Exercises (under 3 minutes)
- Facial Muscle Exercises (under 3 minutes)
- Standing and Balance Exercises (17 minutes)
- Tips for How To Go from Sitting to Standing (under 3 minutes)
- How Your Brain Can Recover (under 3 minutes)
- Tips for Getting Out of Bed (under 3 minutes)
The videos on this page are provided and produced by Stroke Class®. The instructor, Susan Ehler P.T., is a physiotherapist with over 25 years experience working with individuals with neurological disorders. Those interested in additional stroke recovery resources, are encouraged to visit StrokeClass.com