Many Strokemark articles explain the importance of exercising as much as possible. Especially when you leave the hospital or rehabilitation center, you should take action and train at home. We’ve selected three websites for you that provide routines you can do at home for free. Team up with a partner who can join and assist you!
Flintrehab sells rehabilitation tools for clinical and home use. But they also provide some basic exercises you can do at home. They start with seated leg extensions to strengthen your upper leg. From there you can begin training your hips. We recommend starting with the exercises that are explained with text and pictures.
Leg training is followed by core work, such as trunk rotation and lateral flexion. A few of these exercises are done while lying on your back. Of course, arm and shoulder training is also part of the routine. They mix things up a little by adding some ‘equipment’ like a cane or a small bottle in some of the activities. Except for the cane leaning, all exercises are done in a comfortable seated position. The website provides a long list of useful ideas to train your wrist and fingers specifically. Most of them have clear pictures or illustrations. A small bottle, a pencil, and some coins are all you need to get started!
They conclude with some exercises for your eyes and vision. However, we suggest finding a website or app that deals specifically with vision training. At the end of their recommendations, they offer some general advice to speed up your movement recovery. You’ll recognize most of the tips if you read Strokemark articles on a regular basis!
Physiotherapist Susan Ehler has her own website, www.strokeclass.com, in which she offers DVDs and videos. She provides a fantastic variety of exercise and motivational videos on her site. Check them out here!
The basis collection includes five classes, each lasting 45 minutes. She also offers nine specific exercise videos on the following topics: standing balance, sitting balance, facial muscles, theraband training, hand mobility, finger mobility, foot pick up, and foot mobility.
The final part of her video collection is called stroke recovery tips & motivational videos and deals with topics ranging from how to stay motivated, dealing with emotions, how to reduce lightheadedness, and tips for dealing with muscle soreness.
The amount of information and level of detail in these videos is impressive. Susan addresses the viewers in a very personal way and is truly passionate about improving patients’ lives.
Saebo mainly sells rehabilitation equipment, but they also offer free exercises on their website. The practices fall into six main categories: shoulder, arm, core, hand, leg, and balance (foot). You can easily access each training category by clicking on an illustration. This site clearly explains all exercises in text and with examples. We do, however, think that pictures of actual people performing the tasks are easier to understand than some of the diagrams.
Some of the exercises require equipment, like water bottles, a theraband, or a cane, but you can practice all of them at home. A few exercises, however, like squats and bridges, are for more advanced patients. Discuss with your doctor or therapist which exercises are suited for you and get advice on how you should design your program (how often, how long, etc.).
Check out these websites to see which exercises fit your daily routine!