I should mention here that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since your stroke and what part of the body you are working on you should just remember to focus on what you are doing and not to have any lapses in your regimen. Do your exercises every day. Without dedication you will get nowhere! Believe me I know this fact firsthand. Remember this, "time goes by whether you work hard or not". I should make a note at this point that I am not a doctor a physical therapist or an occupational therapist I am a stroke survivor like some of you are. So if I mention anything specific about a particular exercise that you might like to try you should run it by your doctor first but I would highly suggest that you listen to your therapist and do exactly what they tell you to do. They should be well aware of what you can and cannot do. Rehabilitation will be different for all of us.
Although, I will share with you some of the things that I have tried to rehabilitate my hand: the Saeboflex glove, electro-stimulation, mirror-box therapy and constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) all with degrees of success. However, the best results I had was with the Saeboflex glove after moving more than 30,000 “poof balls” from one container to another over a three month period! I was able to type again albeit very slowly. As you can see repetition is the key. I think this is true of all exercises, the more you do the better off you are. So when they say do one set of exercises try to do three or four as long as you don’t hurt yourself. Remember it’s not a Sprint; it’s a marathon (Cliché) so take your time to build up strength.
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