Having used yoga as a part of my post stroke rehabilitation, then having become a certified yoga teacher, I learned to adapt yoga poses to my ability. After formal yoga training, I sought a way to help others with what I had learned about recovery. I fell into the the fastest fitness trend. Stretching; both dynamic and static, meditation and mindfulness practice work together to increase range of motion and flexibility, increasing a person's activities of everyday living and overall quality of life.
SELF has a article on the very topic of the mind muscle connection . In the classes I lead, we start with meditation and relaxation during that time, I guide the senior participants to set their intent for the class and to ask their body to work properly to carry out those plans. We know that what we think and the words heard during recovery enhance the process.
SELF also has a article on the explosions of stretch studios. This new trend is like a yoga studio used for the purpose of stretching instruction or physical assistance. When I found out this trend was so big, I was already doing this instruction with my senior clients. We have seen vast improvement in as little as two months.
I remind my senior clients that to gain a greater level of fitness doesn't require a large gym, heavy or expensive equipment. Isometric , static movements produce wonderful results.
This post is thanks to Flint Rehab and the link to the original post is below. Learn why post stroke exercise is so important and how to gauge how much exercise to do.
How Much Exercise After Stroke Is Enough?
Every stroke patient will benefit from a different amount/level of exercise because every stroke is different. However, for the sake of this article, here’s a quick rule of thumb:
Move a little every day, and you’ll be better off than not exercising. If you struggle with post-stroke paralysis, even passive exercise or stretching counts.
But beyond a little daily movement, you’ll be in the best shape if you move strategically every day.
Here’s what we mean by strategic:
What’s the Best Strategy for Stroke Exercise?The purpose of exercise after stroke is to rewire the brain through neuroplasticity.
Since neuroplasticity is activated by repetition, your strategy should involve emphasizing repetition during your physical therapy stroke rehab exercises.
The more you repeat each exercise, the better you will get at making that movement. But how much repetition is enough?
Having the stresses of caring for a child with health concerns and going through the termination of a failed marriage, I developed my own chronic health issues. and survived a stroke. My personal experience and research of stroke and autoimmune diseases, lead me to help myself and others.