This is part of our series of tips to reduce time sitting after stroke and practice standing. Visit our website for more tips. Before carrying out any of the exercises in our blogs please read the important note below*
1. Foot control
If you are able to move your feet forwards and backwards with reasonable control, then do this a few times with each foot if possible, whilst you are sitting down, before you get ready to stand. This warms up the leg muscles and gets them ready for action.
2. Distributing body weight
When standing up try and get the weight transferred evenly over both legs. Think “is my weight even? How much weight have I got on my right foot – press a little into the floor with your right foot if you can as you think this, then do the same on your left foot.”
3. Turning your head
Stand up as tall as you can, bring your hips forwards, raise your chest – imagine a light on your breast bone shining straight in front of you. Lift up your head and if you feel stable enough, slowly turn your head to look over to one side and then the other side. Do this three times each way.
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* Please read before undertaking any exercises listed in this blog:
Neither headsup! neuro-rehab Ltd nor Anna Hamer accept any responsibility for any individual undertaking the activities or exercise suggested in our blogs, except to the extent those individuals are acting upon specific instructions from headsup! neuro-rehab Ltd specialist neurological physiotherapists.
If you are in any doubt please consult a specialist neurological physiotherapist. Please make sure you have suitable help to hand before embarking on any activities