Use it or lose it applies to your body
Are you using the parts of your body affected by your stroke? When the strokes affected my body, I quickly learned that my body prioritized what was important to do, or I would imagine doing it. If I did not do an exercise or a function of my affected hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder, it went away.
Earlier this year, I realized that by encouraging the non-use of my right (affected) limb, I was going to get better. It is only by using my affected limb repetitively, will it get better! I have been doing better, and I have boosted my use. You can benefit as well when you use your body more!
In one study, stroke patients that have hemiparesis (weakness on one side), suppresses the use of the affected extremity. This condition is called learned non-use. This lack of training leads to the progressive deterioration of the motor function of the limb. In this study, researchers exposed the patient to amplified goal-oriented movements in virtual reality that match the intended actions of the patient. (Belén Rubio Ballester et al, 2016). Versus the control group, the patients showed more progress in using the affected appendage.
Flint Rehabilitation, a rehabilitation company is very active on the Internet posting videos, a blog, and PDFs. They have developed some products that are innovative. Their website or their YouTube channel are excellent sources for stroke thivors. In one post, they recommend some exercises for the whole body. Check it out! https://www.flintrehab.com/stroke-exercises/.
I have started The Stroke Recovery Circle Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thestrokerecoverycircle). It serves as a place where we can post our comments, questions, and answers about what is on our minds and bodies! I know there are numerous stroke groups on Facebook, but this one will have my philosophy. Tell me what you find is useful and I will explore it further.
Please leave your comments! As well, you can go to my YouTube channel. It is the same name as the Facebook group’s name, thestrokerecoverycircle. Tell me what you find!
Thank you! To your success!