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. Slow breathing
Take three slow deep breaths, sitting up as tall as you can, as you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this five times.
2. Sitting tall
Sit up as tall as you can, imagining a very strong elastic band through the top of your skull pulling you gently but strongly towards the ceiling. Stay sitting up tall for ten seconds. Do this five times with a short rest in between.
3. Working your tummy muscles
Place your hands in your lap and think about where your shoulders are in relation to your pelvis. If your shoulders are behind your bottom, try to sit forwards (without using your arms if possible, so that your tummy muscles do the work, not your arm muscles) so that you are sitting in your best sitting posture. Imagine a torch light shining from your breast bone and slowly turn your body to shine the torch to one side and then to the other. Do this three times to each side keeping your best posture all the time. Try to lead the movement with your tummy muscles rather than shoulders or head. Do this five 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