LEVEL 1 EXERCISE AFTER STROKE PROGRAMME
Everyone using our Online Exercise After Stroke programme should start at this level.
Make sure you perform each exercise with a carer who can make sure you stay safe.
After each exercise, note down on the programme checklist how challenging you found it. If you find a movement too easy then you will complete level 2 of this movement next time.
Then you will do the same for level 2 next workout. If it is still too easy, you would complete level 3.
For example, after a couple of workouts, you may find that your locomotion is a level 3, however, your upper body is a level 1.DOWNLOAD REHAB TRACKING SHEET
Walking intervals <10 steps
- If you can do 15 assisted sit to stands then try without a walking aid, otherwise use a walking aid if needed with the guidance of a carer.
- To help with your balance, lean forward as you step onto your heels. It can be tempting to lean back otherwise.
- Aim to look straight ahead at the far wall as you walk.
- Try to turn each foot out at 45 degrees on each step.
- Aim to walk 5 steps, turn around and come back to your seat.
Assisted Sit To Stands
- Feet shoulder width apart and symmertical.
- Move your nose over your toes and push the floor away.
- Use your good side to assist you.
Upper Body (Seated or Standing)
Shoulder Passive Assisted Flexion
- Hold your bad hand firmly with the good one.
- Aim to lift your arm just above your head (not vertical).
- Once you reach the top, slowly lower your bad arm with minimal help as possible from your good arm.
- Don’t let your bad arm drop like a dead weight.
Step Tos (Floor, Assisted)
- Start with your good leg.
- Lift your knee up vertically as high as you can, lean forward and point your toes forward in front of you.
- To step back, lean onto your bad leg, lift your knee vertically and kick your heel back to the start position.
- Repeat with your bad leg using a chair or wall for support if needed.
Chair Assisted Half Get-Ups (One Knee)
- Shuffle to the front of the chair.
- Move your bad foot out as far as you can.
- Turn to your good side and reach behind you, placing the palm of your good hand on the chair.
- Finally bring your good leg back behind you resting on the floor to create a tripod between your two legs and your good hand.
- To sit again, push through both legs and the good hand until you’re safely back on a chair.