Nutrition and exercise after a stroke are two ways stroke survivors can move forward in their recovery and prevent future strokes.
Many stroke survivors experience physical weakness, numbness and stiffness. Every survivor’s recovery looks different, depending on which part of the brain was damaged. A rehabilitation plan created specifically for you by your medical team is one of the keys to unlocking your future and recovery.
Reach Your Daily Rehabilitation Exercise Goals
Strokes affect different parts of the brain, which results in different physical symptoms in each individual survivor. Some survivors experience balance issues, others their ability to move. Your rehabilitation team will design a recovery program specific for your needs. Here are exercise tips to remember on your road to recovery:
- When exercising according to your rehabilitation program, have a caregiver nearby to watch for your safety. The caregiver can also help you remember the exercise sequence.
- Some stroke survivors lose the ability to read. Assistance from a family member or friend can help guide the survivor through their rehabilitation plan. It’s important to remember, the company of a family or friend can help the survivor to feel less alone in their recovery.
- Plan your rehabilitation exercises for times during the day when you feel awake and alert. Invite a different family or friend over each day to motivate and assist you in your exercises.