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Reclaim Your Dexterity With 25 Hand Exercises For Stroke Recovery

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Friday, July 13th, 2018



A stroke can take a seemingly healthy and vibrant individual and change their life in an instant. Learning how to do basic daily tasks, such as self-feeding or getting dressed each day, can quickly feel like an overwhelming physical hurdle. Despite having full active movement in your affected hand, you may have decreased strength and dexterity in your hand due to your stroke. This may be making it difficult to grasp and release objects, making daily tasks seem like insurmountable obstacles. We will show you some helpful hand exercises for stroke recovery to help you reclaim your strength and dexterity.

Unfortunately, sometimes rehab does not bring back full control and use of your hands, making these daily tasks a tremendous challenge. While you begin your recovery it’s crucial that you incorporate hand exercises for stroke recovery into your daily life to bring back dexterity and use of your fingers.

Therapeutic Ball Exercises for Hand Recovery After Stroke

Therapeutic balls are extremely useful for building strength and dexterity, especially in the aftermath of a stroke event. They are widely available, in a range of resistance levels, and affordable.

Hold ball tightly in palm of hand. Squeeze the ball, hold, and relax. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place ball between bent thumb and extended two fingers of same hand. Extend and straighten the thumb to roll the ball. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Hold ball between thumb and index and middle fingers. Squeeze together, hold and relax. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place ball in palm of hand, bringing thumb towards the base of the little finger. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place ball between any two fingers. Squeeze the two fingers together, hold and relax. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place ball on a table. Place tips of fingers on the ball and roll the ball outward on the table. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Therapeutic Putty Exercises For Hand Recovery After Stroke

Therapeutic putty is an extremely useful tool for building strength and dexterity, especially in the aftermath of a stroke event. It is widely available, in a variety of resistance levels, and affordable.

Wrap putty around two fingers and try to spread the fingers apart. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place putty in palm of hand and push into it with the thumb towards the base of the small finger. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Bend thumb and loop clay around it. Try to straighten thumb as if simulating a “thumbs up” gesture. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Squeeze putty between thumb and side of index finger. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Keep fingers and thumb straight while pressing the putty between index finger and thumb. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Using thumb, index and middle finger, pull putty upwards. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place putty in palm of hand and press fingers into a hook shape, attempting to only bend the two last joints of the fingers. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place putty in palm of hand and make a fist while squeezing fingers into the clay. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Pinch the putty between each finger and the thumb. Repeat ten times for each finger, for two sets.

Bend finger and loop putty around it. Try to straighten finger. Repeat ten times, to each finger for two sets.

Take a 1” diameter ball of putty and place between fingers. Squeeze and release. Repeat ten times, for each finger for two sets.

Spread a pancake of putty over the fingers. Try to spread them apart. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Hand Recovery Exercises With Everyday Household Items

It is possible that a survivor will not have therapeutic putty or a ball handy when they would like to exercise their hand. Fortunately, there are many exercises one can perform using just their body or common objects like coins or water bottles.

Place the affected arm on the table and place a water bottle in the affected hand. Keep the affected hand and fingers relaxed. Curl the fingers in and grasp the water bottle then release. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Grasp the water bottle in the affected hand and use the non-affected hand to prop and support the affected arm. Allow the wrist to stretch down, and then curl the wrist up. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Grasp the water bottle in the affected hand and use the non-affected hand to prop and support the affected arm. Position the hand so the palm is facing down, then extend the wrist. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place a pen to the side of the table and then gently grip it with the affected fingers. Slide the pen across the table, and then release. Repeat ten times, for two sets.

Place a pen on the table and use the thumb and fingers to spin it. Try not to involve the shoulder in this exercise: the objective is to isolate the thumb and fingers. Aim for speed during this exercise, if possible, by spinning the pen quickly for 15 seconds.

Place 8 quarters in a row in the palm of the affected hand. Then, use the thumb to slide one quarter down into the index finger and thumb. Pinch the quarter with your index finger and thumb. Then, place the quarter down onto the table while keeping the other quarters in \hand using the other fingers. Repeat with the remaining quarters.

Bend the affected arm, placing the elbow on the table. Bring the tip of the index finger to the tip of the thumb to make a ring. Pinch, and release. Repeat with your middle, ring, and pinkie finger. Pinch, and release. Perform with each finger, for two sets.



Stroke Recovery Hand and Finger Exercises Can Improve Quality of Life

The ability to use your hands to grasp and release objects, type at a computer, button a shirt, or even write a note to someone you love is so important to a high quality of life. If your stroke has robbed you of this ability, take action to improve your quality of life by beginning an at-home exercise program. These finger and hand exercises for stroke recovery can help you regain the use and dexterity in your hands as you retrain your brain after the neurological damage that was caused from your stroke.

For extra support in advancing your recovery after a stroke, take a look at the many innovative products from Saebo to help you along. Here at Saebo, we are committed to stroke support and recovery for all survivors and their families. Saebo offers a wide range of products that combine cutting-edge technology with evidence-based rehabilitation techniques. Our offerings and network of Saebo-trained therapists can help you or a loved one obtain all the necessary tools to maximize recovery.


All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Reliance on any information provided by the Saebo website is solely at your own risk.


All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Reliance on any information provided by the Saebo website is solely at your own risk.




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