10 Items To Help You Strengthen Your Hand After A Stroke

10 Items To Help You Strengthen Your Hand After A Stroke or Hand Injury – You May Have These Lying Around The House

Feeling restricted and not being able to use your hand like normal after a stroke or hand injury can be very frustrating and make you feel sad and discouraged. However with therapy and strength-building exercises, this can improve tremendously. 

 

So in this post, I am going to be sharing with you 10 Items To Help You Strengthen Your Hand After A Stroke or hand injury. There are however two essential ingredients needed in order for your rehabilitation regimen to be successful: These two things can make a MASSIVE difference in your recovery, And these two things are:

  1. Neuroplasticity and
  2. Repetitive practice.

So what is Neuroplasticity you may ask. Well, Neuroplasticity is how your brain rewires and heals itself after experiencing a stroke or an injury. When there is damage in the brain, neuroplasticity allows your brain to rewire new connections around the damage area.

 

For example, if the stroke damaged the motor cortex of your brain which controls movement and this affected or impaired your hand or arm. Then in order to regain its function engaging in neuroplasticity would be the best solution. Which leads to the next question, how can you engage neuroplasticity?

And the answer is REPETITIVE PRACTICE. This is the best way to activate or engage in NEUROPLASTICITY to regain function.

Repetitive practice involves practicing something over and over again, which is what leads to recovery! Because the more you repeat something, the more ingrained it becomes in your brain. And that’s why repetitive practice is so important for stroke recovery and rehabilitation. The more you repeat something over and over, the more you strengthen the new connections in your brain.

 

And the stronger those connections become and the stronger you become. Repetitive practice is therefore what will help you to recover and regain function again. So here are 10 items that can help you strengthen your hands after a stroke or hand injury that you may have lying around the house that you can use.

 

It’s important to note as well that keeping a positive attitude and not being discouraged goes a long way in helping you to recover. So try experimenting with all the items until you find the ones that works best for you since regaining hand movement can be a challenge in the beginning when starting.

1. Water Bottle

All that is needed for this is a bottle filled with water perhaps a 500ml bottle. Sit at a table and place your affected arm on the table. Then place the water bottle in your affected hand keeping your hand and fingers fully relaxed.

 

Then curl your fingers in and grip the water bottle in your hand rolling your fingers over the bottle. Hold for 10 seconds then release and ungrip the bottle, opening back out your fingers to touch the table.

 

Repeat this 10-20 times for 3 sets. Another way that this can be done is much like a bicep curl, except your using only your wrist. Grip the water bottle just as before and then use your next hand to prop and lift the affected hand off the table while on your elbow.

 

Then bend your wrist rolling it in while holding the bottle water towards you and then roll it back out away from you. It’s similar to a bicep curl but instead just using your wrist. Repeat this 10-20 times for 3 sets.

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2. Towel or Rag

Yes a towel or rag. You are going to use a towel or rag to do some strengthening exercise called an isometric exercise. All you have to do is bunch the towel or rag up in your hand and squeeze it as hard as you can for about 15 seconds.

 

Another way you can do this, is to use the rag in a bowl of water and squeeze the water from the rag.  Repeat this about 10 times for 3 sets. Isometric exercise increases muscle strength and size without putting any strain on the joints.

3. Some Coins

We all know we have coins lying around the house some where. So lets put them to some use. This strength building exercise using coins is called the coin drop exercise. Get a few coins perhaps about 8-10. Start by placing the coins one at a time in a row in the palm of your affected hand.

 

Then use your thumb to slide one coin down into your index finger, so that you end up pinching the coin with your index finger and thumb. Then place the coin down on the table keeping the other coins in your hand using your other fingers. Repeat and place each coin down on the table one by one. Repeat for 3 sets.

See video demonstration here

4. Hammer

Yes and now we move onto the mighty hammer. Sit comfortable in a chair and hold the handle of the hammer in the middle. Then supinate your hand so your palm faces upward, then pronate your hand so your palm faces downward. Repeat this 10 times for 3 sets. Maintain a slow and controlled movement. Do not let the hammer pull your wrist over to one side, therefore hold it firmly in the middle.

5. Tweezers

Using a tweezers is an excellent way to increase your pinch strength. Get some small objects like beads, buttons, peas or seeds, and pick them up and transfer them from from the container they are in to another container or area.

 

6. Clothes pin

A clothes pin is another tool that can be used to increase pinch strength. Similar to using the tweezer use the clothes pin to do the same thing by getting some small objects like beads, buttons, peas or seeds, and pick them up and transfer them from from the container they are in to another container or area.

7. Rubberbands

Place a rubber band or two around all 5 of your fingers and slowly open them out and spread your fingers apart as wide as you can. Again, move slowly in a controlled manner to gain the maximum benefits of this strengthening exercise. Do this about 10 times for 3 sets.

8. Sponge

Hold a sponge in your affected hand and squeeze the sponge as hard as you can and then release.This is another type isometric exercise that strengthens the muscles and increases muscle strength and size without putting strain on the joints.You can either do this with a dry sponge or you can use the sponge in a bowl of water and squeeze the water from the sponge. Squeeze the sponge for about 15 seconds and release. Repeat this for about 10 times for 3 sets.

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9. A Pen

This is called grip and release the pen. Place a pen to the side of the table and then grip it with your thumb and index finger . Then slide the pen across the table and release it. Make sure you grip the pen gently using as little force as possible to move the pen. Repeat about 10-15 times back and forth across the table.

10. A Pencil

This is called spin the pencil. Place the pencil on the table and use your thumb and index finger to spin it. Try not to use your shoulder during this movement. You really want to isolate your thumb and index finger. Increase the speed of the spin as you improve. Do this about 10-15 times

Patricia is a certified orthopedic massage therapist, behavioral preceptor and business mentor. She has been practicing massage therapy and holistic wellness since 2017. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. Patricia has been in the Health & Wellness fields for approximately 6 years and 6 years respectively in sales. Patricia has worked with a wide scope of persons, ranging from Olympic athletes, international dancers, entrepreneurs, office workers, and professionals, as well as paraplegics, stroke patients, and those who have issues with neurological and musculoskeletal issues. Patricia's mandate is to help people to change their health destiny and to help them to understand, align and uncover who they truely are at the core from the lens of how God made them and sees them.

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