Stroke Exercises

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After a stroke has been suffered, post stroke exercises form the foundation for a stroke rehabilitation program. There are some essential points to take into consideration when selecting which stroke exercises you will do or in creating a stroke rehabilitation program. One of the most crucial aspects when putting together a stroke rehabilitation program is the specificity of the exercises we choose to allow in it.

Research have shown that the brain works together like a well organized orchestra, it is indeed made up of many distinct functioning parts with tremendous intercommunication. Some scientists argue that specialization of certain parts of the brain is what enabled humans to develop such sophisticated higher level functioning. Just like an office arrangement that may grow from a one man doing it all to having many people perform a specific role within the organization in the shape of a receptionist, accountant, manager etc. Specialization enables a part to totally focus and devote all it’s resources to one job and to also hopefully to be very good at whatsoever that job may be.

So what does this all have to do with stroke exercises and rehabilitation? Well just as specialization enables the brain function efficiently, when we focus our rehab efforts to a greater extent specifically we can enhance, speed up and make our results more efficient.

At first it may seem a little intimidating, acquiring a  bit of neurology or having a little appreciation of the brain can greatly help in selecting the most beneficial stroke exercises. The brain consists of two hemispheres – a left and a right. Each hemisphere has a inclination to specialize in certain roles. The left hemisphere is our language hemisphere and it is usual that strokes here will produce a language related deficit often referred to as an aphasia. The right hemisphere is to a greater extent visual spatially orientated and damage here often results in what is called neglect syndrome. Neglect syndrome is often displayed by the person who is completely ignorant of a area of space or even a portion or half of his own body resulting in strange behavior such as finishing only one half a plate of food, dressing one side of the body or shaving only on one side of the face.

Immediately armed with this basic information we could be more specific in our practical application of after a stroke or post stroke exercises. Of course any type of physical exercise will be better than none, but if we have an appreciation of the areas affected by the stroke or the deficits the patient is displaying then we can tailor out treatment to better help and rehabilitate the brain.

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