Stroke survivors are often faced with the dilemma of adapting to new daily tasks after recovering from the stroke. Many of these tasks can be difficult for those who have suffered brain damage, such as finding and managing funds, keeping up with medications, and maintaining personal hygiene.
Thankfully, there are many useful gadgets that can help stroke survivors regain independence in the home and office. You can’t always prevent a stroke. But you may be able to minimize some of the effects if you have one using these helpful gadgets:
1. Stationary Recumbent Bikes
Stationary recumbent bikes are available in a variety of models and styles, including upright bikes, folding bikes, step-up cycles, and recumbent stationary bikes. These are designed to support the user while they pedal the bike and help them keep their balance while they sit on the seat. They also help maintain muscle strength by preventing cramps or leg fatigue. Some stationary recumbent bikes have perches that are ideal for sitting for long periods of time.
Bike seats can be adjusted to accommodate different heights and weights. They generally provide maximum support for both the upper and lower body, allowing users to exercise in comfort. All of the different stationary bike styles are ideal for stroke survivors who have a limited range of motion or who suffer from balance problems. This device will enable you to maintain your muscle tone and keep your blood flowing, which will help prevent or delay a second stroke.
2. Balance Boards
Balance boards are a fun way to keep your balance while exercising. They consist of a mat with a Styrofoam pad on one end, attached to a board. They can be used for exercise or as rehabilitation after a stroke. These are simple to use and provide good upper body exercise for users who have lost muscle tone in their arms, torso, shoulders, and legs after suffering brain damage. There are many different types of balance boards available today, including mini ones that are marketed as “outdoor trampolines.
Regular use of balance boards can improve muscle tone and increase performance in everyday tasks. This can be extremely helpful for those who have suffered a stroke and are still recovering from brain damage. Using a balance board can help you regain control over your body and prevent another stroke or other serious health complication.
3. Arm Skates
Arm skates are used for upper body training, in particular for the arms. They consist of a strap that wraps around the user’s foot, with a handle in front attached to a skate. Arm skates are ideal for chronic stroke patients who have weak upper body muscles. In addition to helping regain control of your arms, they can also be useful as aerobic exercise and can help you burn calories while you exercise so you maintain your weight and prevent further health complications related to being overweight.
4. Dumbbells and Wrist/Ankle Weights
Dumbbells are a good way to tone your muscles. They come in different weights and sizes and provide a cheap, yet effective way to regain control over your muscles. They are easy to use and don’t require much effort other than simply picking them up when you want to exercise. Some have handles that can be adjusted for maximum comfort. Dumbbells will help you tone the muscles in your arms, torso, and legs so you get better at everyday tasks such as climbing stairs or holding heavy objects without straining yourself.
Stroke recovery is a long process, so it’s important that you exercise as much as possible to keep your muscles tight. Weighted wrist and ankle weights are essentially ankle weights filled with sand or lead to provide added resistance for when you exercise your arms and legs. The weights are attached to elastic straps so they can be adjusted for maximum comfort. They are helpful for people whose arms and legs have lost muscle tone after suffering a stroke.
5. CT Speech & Cognitive Therapy App
An easy-to-use CT Speech & Cognitive Therapy App is available for your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It can help you regain your cognitive skills. Cognitive skill assessment and speech therapy are coupled into one powerful app that can be accessed anywhere. The new version includes a speech training section with many fun exercises to train memory and attention skills.
These devices can help you regain mobility and independence after a stroke and make exercise easier, fun, and enjoyable. No matter what type of device you choose to help recover from a stroke, always consult with your doctor before using any of these gadgets. “Throwing caution to the wind” can cause serious injury if you use them improperly or hurt yourself as a result of inattentiveness to your body’s signals that something is wrong.