Aids for daily activities – Part 3

At-home exercises

There are a number of exercises that can be done at home to improve mobility or reduce acute spasticity. Regular exercises can improve the mobility of the area affected by the spasticity and ease patients’ discomfort. This strengthens their perception and helps them to be more in tune with their own bodies. Always be sure to include sufficient rest breaks to allow the body to recover.

Movement patterns can be improved in particular by physiotherapy under the guidance of specialist therapists. Patients should talk to their GP about whether there are exercises that they can do at home for added benefit.

Exercise example: Reducing spasticity in the hand

  • First, clasp the affected hand with the healthy hand
  • With the help of the healthy hand, place the affected hand onto a table or in your lap
  • If possible, spread the fingers of the affected hand
  • In this position, stretch the arms forward and move slowly up and down

Regular exercise can improve movement patterns. Always be sure to include sufficient rest breaks to allow the body to recover.

Orthoses

Orthoses can help to support some areas of the body. In this way, movements can be executed in a more controlled way and therefore more easily. Speak to your doctor about which orthosis is best for you.

An orthosis (an abbreviation formed from “or“thopaedic and pros“thesis“) is a medical aid that is industrially produced by orthopedic technicians and is available on prescription.

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