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 the important note below*
1. Set an alarm
If you need a wheelchair when you are out shopping or for longer distances, then set a phone alarm to remind you every hour to stand up and have a good stretch.
2. Pushing a wheelchair
If you are being pushed around in your wheelchair and you can manage to walk a short distance yourself, then change places each hour – so you push them!
Pushing a wheelchair with someone sitting in it is easier on the flat than pushing an empty chair. If you need to, walk with a wall close by on one side so that you can stop and lean if necessary when you need to.
3. Posture check
When you go to the W/C or get back to the car and have to stand up, spend longer in standing than you need to. Check your posture and gently place more weight on one foot than the other and, if possible, step one foot back and forwards a few times with each leg.
Check your posture again and turn your head slowly to look over one shoulder and then the other three times.
The next blog will cover 3 tips for reducing time sitting after a stroke at festive meals and family gatherings over the holiday season.
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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