Your feet are the foundation on which your tall body is mounted. Get alert if your affected foot begins to feel rigid, solid, heavy, spastic, and no longer pliable & begins to turn inwards & drops or slaps while walking demanding your constant attention. Do not accept the problem as part & parcel of the stroke. You can certainly avoid it.
Be alert if your leg becomes a simple prop, barely supporting you while you are walking. Get alert in time before your brain accepts it in the long-term memory & makes it as permanent.
In the brain everything is connected to everything else & therefore if your foot gets spastic it influences your hand from recovering so please do not look at the arm recovery separate from the leg. Any use, abuse, & misuse of the leg is certainly going to reflect on your arm.
Do not misunderstand the bent elbow, hooking wrist with finger fisting as a sign of good recovery, it can be a spastic abnormal posture that prevents the arm from reaching out easily, smoothly, energy effectively & economically. Splints may not be a good idea for your spastic wrist & finger, as it can add on to the spasticity by providing constant passive stretch to the already tight muscles.
Constant use of good side to sit, stand & walk with external support may give you short-lived independence but it also gives you most undesirable lifetime of functional division in the one whole integral self.
Get alert when you need to focus very highly to complete simple daily movements. Stop doing unnatural movements because general movements are highly automatic effortless & spontaneous, and true recovery is to achieve automatism in your daily movements.
Exercises for Brain Stroke in Vasa Concept
What does an exercise mean for a patient with brain stroke?
For a stroke patient exercise means that his brain must be made to exercise to restore the lost sensory motor control. It is important to remember that paralysis and the weakness in the muscle is because of brain lesion and muscle is simply a victim and not the root cause of the symptom therefore victimizing the muscle further by acting on the muscle alone not only does not help return of lost control but may abuse the muscle resulting into abnormal movements, spasticity, rigidity, paraesthesia, abnormal sensation, neglect which may become difficult to reverse with passage of time unless brain is helped to re-reorganise.
For a stroke patient what exercises must not be done is as important as what must be done.
Do’s & Don’ts for Stroke Patients
Incorrect understanding about exercises and wrong input to the recovering brain turns the recovery into development of abnormal movement.
Pessimism about brain stroke recovery is not so uncommon among the health professional. This must not be allowed to become contagious to the brain stroke patients & his support system.
Some experts, out of ignorance announce to the patient – “it takes time” patient waits for months & years in great despair when instead of normal movement what appears is the abnormal movement making the condition permanent for the rest of his life.
Recovery can continue even after years of stroke.