Welcome to the ARNI Stroke Charity website for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professionals: providing specialist rehabilitation and exercise support after hospital and community physiotherapy finishes.
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Your Stroke / Brain Injury Recovery Starts Here
ARNI home-based training and guidance for your rehab is POWERFUL. Accept no substitute.
ARNI Instructors are full time professional personal trainers and therapists carefully selected by the ARNI Institute. Some have degrees in neurorehabilitation. All have a wide degree of experience working with diverse populations. They have all gone through the ARNI Institute Functional Rehabilitation & Exercise Training After Stroke Course and regularly keep up their professional development training with ARNI, which are run for all trainers 6 times per year. They now must charge for their services to cover their costs. However, this way, you will have dedicated professional trainer come and train you in your house or you may decide to travel to their area. #stroke#strokesurvivors #neuroplasticity#strokerecovery www.arni.uk.com... See MoreSee Less
The most important job of the hamstrings is their function during walking, jogging or running as the controlling muscle to the quadriceps. Whilst the quads are trying to bring the legs forwards and straighten them at the knee joint, the hamstring’s job is to slow this down towards the end of the movement to aid the change in direction that the legs require to complete the walking movement. #stroke#strokesurvivors #neuroplasticity#strokerecovery #strokerehabilitation #strokehamstrings www.arni.uk.com... See MoreSee Less
Remember that compensatory strategies helpful; but eventually get in the way of recovery. To work past the need for compensation techniques, you need to constantly question your methods — preferably on a daily, or weekly, basis.
Each morning, or each Monday, ask yourself, “What am I doing differently than before, and where do I feel ready to challenge myself?”
Never give up compensatory strategies that are necessary for your safety. And when you’re on your own, start small.
For example, if you noticed that you lean your torso forward when you reach for something, see if you can sit back and extend your arm to get it.
It is important to try to stretch your calf muscles before you do any squats, simply so that you can get a slightly greater target range of motion. The calf muscle (gastrocnemius) is the large muscle located on the back of the leg, below the knee. If the calf muscle on your affected side has really high tone and has already shortened a little bit, this stretch will work well for you. It aims to keep your ankle at 90 degrees as much and as long as possible.
From The Successful Stroke Survivor book by Tom Balchin
If you are starting with no movement on your affected side, start with passive exercise; which means assisting your affected side through the movement. You can do this by using your non-affected side or by enlisting the help of someone else. Passive exercise uses assistance to move your body if it does not have full strength, and helps you recover from paralysis by stimulating neuroplasticity (the mechanism the brain uses to rewire and heal itself after injury. It’s the key to recovery and learning new skills. Stroke survivors that have partial movement, and wish to improve more, can continue with active exercise. This means doing the movement on your own without help. www.arni.uk.com #strokeexercise#strokerecovery#strokesurvivors#strokerehabilitation#strokerecoveryexercises #neuroplasticity#strokesurvivorscan ... See MoreSee Less
Yes it’s extremely important to have your teaching side help move your healing side!❤️🩹 I also would talk/coach to my self out loud what I expected to achieve! I talk the brain listens and together we begin to slowly achieve! Forcing/teaching the body to move again is a huge step. Set the expectation, practice with determination stay positive and one day 💥BAM, like magic, my brain would say hey, let’s try again, and suddenly and ugly I could move with focused effort … ugly, but a start to improving. Passive exercise is such an important recovery step in your recovery journey. Do the effort! Your brain is listening and trying to reconnect, learning!