Tips and Exercises for Faster Recovery in Stroke Patients

(Last Updated On: February 16, 2017)

Surviving a stroke is a major achievement. However, every stroke impairment that occurs afterwards has its own set of physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques. Stroke recovery is an integrated effort that requires the support and cooperation of family and near and dear ones.

Your  fitness and wellness professional will advice you on what course of action you should take. One has to be prepared for the fact that it takes a lot of time and patience to actually perform all these exercises daily, without ever losing hope or getting tired. The key to faster recovery is to visualize your goal every single day and to work harder towards it with an equal amount of fervor.

Apart from those crucial tips, here are some others that would help you during recovery, after a stroke:

  • Experiences are Subjective: All stroke impairments are unique. Thus, your stories, experiences and feelings regarding your impairment and about the way it makes you feel will be different from any of the others’.
  • Do not seclude the impaired part: If it is your arm that is impaired in some way, try to perform constantly physiotherapy and exercises, to make it recover faster. Do not treat it as an injured wound that needs to be covered up. Rather, use it as a muscle that needs more exercise.
  • Have Fun: Do not forget the better things in life. There is a lot to do apart from falling into depression and being gloomy about your impairment. Do the things you loved doing even before the stroke and feel the difference.
  • Exercise: Follow a proper diet that is nutrition enough to facilitate your treatment. Make sure you perform all activities and exercises prescribed to you by your physician. They are important and frankly without them, you won’t make much progress in recovery.
  • Sleep Well: The body heals and rejuvenates itself while you sleep. You get up in the morning feeling fresh and active a good night’s sound sleep.
  • Rewards: Keeping up the good spirits takes as much exercise and patience as does your treatment. To reward yourself after every small or big achievement makes sure you accept the fact that you have moved a few steps forward, rather than back. Pair this with a material gift or reward for a special dinner or a favorite movie to feel even better.
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Sreedevi Madhavan manages the content at Portea. She has 6 years of experience writing and managing medical content relevant to the patient and physician community. She also writes blogs for self-development, a handiwork of which can be seen at: Sreedevi’s motto in life is “Keep learning, as learning keeps us young and dreams keep us alive.”


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