Our expert says:
Paralysis is one of the most common disabilities resulting from stroke. The paralysis is usually on the side of the body opposite the side of the brain damaged by stroke, and may affect the face, an arm, a leg, or the entire side of the body. This one-sided paralysis is called hemiplegia The goal of rehabilitation is to enable an individual who has experienced a stroke to reach the highest possible level of independence and be as productive as possible. Because stroke survivors often have complex rehabilitation needs, progress and recovery are unique for each person. Although a majority of functional abilities may be restored soon after a stroke, recovery is an ongoing process.
Therefore an exercise routine should emulate everyday essential movements that make life easier. Things like climbing stairs, getting in and out of chairs and even opening doors, become difficult and need to be addressed.
You can help your uncle by stretching his arm and fingers for him on a regular basis. Don’t push him too far as his muscles may go into painful spasm. His legs can also be stretched by a therapist or helper trained by a therapist, which will maintain muscle flexibility. A simple exercise routine can involve fine-motor skills such as picking up marbles and putting them into a jar or encouraging him to sit on a chair and stand up from it 5-8 times, without holding onto the sides of the chair. This should get you started but he should still be seeing a physiotherapist or biokineticist for ongoing improvement.
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