This blog is part of our series of tips on how to reduce time sitting after stroke. Visit our website for more tips. Before carrying out any of the exercises in our blogs please read important note*
1. Somewhere safe, where you can be confident
Find somewhere to stand up where you feel confident and safe to do so. Always having a chair or stool behind you so that you can sit down when you have had enough is ideal. Safe places might be in front of the basin in your bathroom, with a stool or chair behind you, or standing at the kitchen sink or in the kitchen facing a corner worktop with a chair behind. Standing at the bottom of the stairs where you can hold on to the bannisters may also be a good place.
2. Start with short burst
Start standing for a short time, even if you can only manage moments standing up. By doing this regularly, you will build up your confidence and strength so that your ability to stand improves.
3. Making it part of your normal daily routine
Establish a routine for regular standing practice. Linking standing to your daily routine helps to fit it into the day without it becoming a chore or “exercise”. An example might be standing in the kitchen whilst the kettle is boiling for morning coffee and again for an afternoon tea.
The next blog will cover 3 tips for building up average standing time. headsup! are a team of specialist neuro physiotherapists covering London and the South East. We are always happy to discuss individual requirements and explore suitability for treatment over the telephone. If you would like to talk to one of the team, just get in touch on 01306 888171.
* 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