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?
This is the first installment of Sunday Self Care. This is where I give you self care tips and recipes on Sunday so you can get the ingredients during the week, to use next Sunday. So, I am going to start simple with one of my favorites... SMOOTHING BODY SCRUB. Raw sugar exfoliates to give skin a healthy glow. Less irritating than salt, this scrub is gentle enough of most all skin types. Add a citrus for a summer refresher and a mint for those bothersome allergies.
1 cup of raw sugar
1/4 cup of light oil such as almond, grape seed or coconut
5-8 drops of essential oil or 1 tablespoon zest of grapefruit, orange or lemon.
Place the ingredients in a glass container with a lid...mason jars work good.
This scrub is best used while seated. Use your hands or washcloth.
Lightly rinse the remaining sugar off, while leaving as much oil as possible.
Use caution when exiting the tub or shower.
Enjoy your polished and moisturized skin.