Best Stroke Recovery Hand Exercises – Stage 1

Best Stroke Recovery Hand Exercises – Stage 1

Dr. Scott Thompson shares the best stroke recovery hand exercises. Use these hand exercises and hand therapy tools to advance your stroke recovery.

Check out these FREE exercises and blogs on hand recovery for stroke survivors:

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  1. All Coast Outpatient Therapy on November 22, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Gayathri Nagarajan on November 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I am doing these exercises for my stroke affectetd dad and also give siddha herbs like balloon vine brahmi from my terrace garden

  3. Shashini Gunerathne on November 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much.

  4. Norberto lara on November 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for helping me.I’m stroke patient .Im Iglesia Ni Cristo from Mindanao Phil.

  5. Elrich Raine Chua on November 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Got stroke however my left arm experience tremor what exercise can i do. Thank you
    I hope you notice this comment.

  6. m6_jedi on November 22, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I cant move my left hand at all I’ve got sensation and feeling but no movement yet ibhad 2 strokes 2 weeks ago do you think I will ever get my hand movement back I’m 38 years old in 2 weeks

  7. ToolCruise on November 22, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I dislocated my shoulder and stretched a nerve which paralysed my right arm about a month ago. I am regaining some grip strength and movement now, do you think exercises like these would help me as well?

  8. Cheri Allan on November 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Are there any other videos about how to get my arm/wrist/hand to supinate? I cannot only get this position if I am laying in bed, sort of.

  9. Crazygroup on November 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    What to do when the fingers of the hand are not opening

  10. ASL MELEK on November 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks a lot of

  11. Paulina Undurraga on November 22, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for posting these suggestions. My concern is that you are not using a stiff/toned hand in these examples ie. 4 month + post stroke……………. if you could show that, it would really help those of us that are supporting patients once they are discharged and at home.

  12. Md. Mosiur Rahman on November 22, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Very helpful.

  13. miss82271 on November 22, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I have spasticity in my left hand and my therapy say it’s weak. I’m trying my best to gain strength in it to overcome this spasticity but NOTHING is working. Not even botox. I’m using it all day everyday but it’s not helping. What can I do? I need to go back to work before they fire me. I’m a probation officer.HELP

  14. Shumail Jameel on November 22, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Hi sir um frm pakistan my mother had stroke 7 months ago she cant speak after excercise she able to walk by holding hand or chair but not so smothly but her hand didn move only through hard effort by her she move little bit hand she scared so much about excercise even she shout very badly when we do excercise plz help us what should we do nw???

  15. DogDaysohlala on November 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    What would you do for a flaccid arm?

  16. S K on November 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    So how exactly are we supposed to turn our affected hand to a thumbs up position to do the wrist elevation and declination exercises if our forearm will not rotate axially? What exercise addresses this condition of forearm axial rotation inability? My left thumb can only be pointed up with the palm of my semi opened hand facing my navel while my affected forearm is resting on my lap although the normal resting hand position with my forearm on my lap is in a palm down state. If I place my affected elbow on a table, I still cannot use my good hand to force my left hand down to have it touch the table UNLESS my left hand palm is facing down towards the table and my upper left arm is extended at about a 45 degree angle with respect to my torso (straight in front of me if I’m looking straight ahead being zero degrees and straight to my left being 90 degrees) in which case it can be forced to touch the table fairly easily as long as my left elbow is not forced to open more than 135 degrees, and then I can force the left hand and fingers fully open and make them lay flat with only moderate but steady pressure. Once opened flat, I cannot then turn the thumb upward without significant pressure from my good hand, but doing so causes my elbow to bend closed towards 90 degrees and the hand to lift from the table due to the painful forced axial rotation. I can close the fingers of my left hand towards making a fist with no assistance from my right hand only with severe concentration, but I cannot make a tight fist at all. I cannot open the fingers of my left hand at all after closing them towards making a fist, but if I ever have a true yawn they always open to full extension without any effort or assistance from my good hand at all. Fake yawns don’t work. I’m single and live alone. I need a recovery regime I can do totally unassisted except for my right side assisting my left side. My left ankle is also severely affected. I can move it a full range of motion while lying on my back of maybe 15-30 degrees total in pointing my foot towards my head about 10 degrees "up" and pointing my foot "down" (the old calf raises exercise if I was actually standing up) of only about 20 degrees. There is little of no left right axial rotation capability there either although the foot can seemingly "fall" to the left or right with rotation of my leg controlled from the hip. I have no strength in my left ankle and it acts only as a ball joint while walking which means all of my balancing is done with the right side and walking proves tiresome over any great distance because it is step with the left, push off with the right, catch and balance with the right, repeat. The toes of my left foot also can be bent up and down (wiggled) but only slowly and not full range and only with the most severe of concentration. While this is also a problem, it is nowhere near as debilitating and nowhere near as handicapping as the current condition of my left arm and hand. I will be 59 years old in within a week of this posting. My massive stroke was on August 20, 2015

  17. Saebo, Inc. on November 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm
  18. Ramzy on November 22, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    What if your hand does not open and it’s very hard to see any movement in the wrist

  19. THASLIMA R on November 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Hii sir grandmother affect right side. Hemiplegia…but his wrist & foot and fingers having no movements…what can I do give some idea for home exercise

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