Do Weight-Bearing Exercises After Stroke With Jungle Gym XT

Jungle Gym XT

Lifeline Jungle Gym XT, $79.99 from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Apu4Ns

Designed for athletes, the Jungle Gym XT is a great product for stroke survivors. It’s affordable, well-built, and doesn’t take up any space at all. It’s great for stretching spastic muscles and provides a way to do weight-bearing exercises without using any weights beyond that of your own body. (more…)

Armed & Dangerous with the Cold Steel Brand Walkabout Walking Stick

 

I’d like to introduce you to my little friend! It’s a polypropylene shaft molded into the shape of a casual walking stick with a round handle. It’s constructed of the same plastic used to make handles for pickaxes. It’s heavy, hard as a rock, and damn near impossible to break. You can now walk around armed without looking like a thug. (more…)

Rolyan Pronation & Supination Wheel

Pronation & Supination Wheel

Rolyan Pronation & Supination Wheel, 2 Pound Weighted Wheel Training Device for Motor Control and Mobility, Hand & Arm Trainer for Forearm and Shoulder Surgery Recovery & Rehabilitation, $77.56 from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2A6VKJJ

Su·pi·nate: so͞opəˌnāt, verb, to turn or hold (a hand, foot, or limb) so that the palm or sole is facing upward or outward.

This device is helpful in my efforts to restore the ability to turn my palm upwards. Something that is quite useful when doing things like turning doorknobs or reaching for a coffee cup. Since my stroke left me paralyzed from the shoulder down, none of the muscles that perform this activity are functioning. (more…)

How To Write When You Can’t Write

Dragon Anywhere

Dragon Anywhere Voice Recognition App for Mobile Devices

Since my first stroke over two years ago, I have been unable to make my dominant hand do anything useful, let alone write. I do exercises every single day but still have not regained functionality. I also practice writing with my left hand every day, but it has become obvious to me that it will take a while before I can write past the elementary school level.

Not one to admit defeat, I turn to technology to solve my writing problem. (more…)

Bodylastics Stackable Resistance Bands

Bodylastic Set

Bodylastics STRONG MAN, Stackable Resistance Bands Sets – Each Set includes Top Quality ANTI-SNAP exercise tubes, Heavy-Duty Components: Anchors/Handles/Ankle Straps, and exercise training resources. $59.97 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vzMU1G

You don’t need to go to a gym to get a self-directed therapy workout. You can do that at home with resistance bands. There are lots and lots of choices when it comes to resistance bands available. Let me tell you about the ones I bought. (more…)

Saloniture Professional Portable Folding Massage Table

 

Saloniture Folding Massage Table

Saloniture Professional Portable Folding Massage Table with Carrying Case: $119.99 from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ukdABG

Of all the purchases that I’ve made since my first stroke, this is probably the most important. Sold as a massage table, I have decided that it’s a perfect exercise platform instead. If you’re like me, getting down on the floor is difficult – getting up is damn near impossible. Yet, so many of the exercises that my physical therapist assigned me to do at home require me to be laying down. This table is perfect for that. (more…)

TOTO Washlet C200 Elongated Bidet Toilet Seat with PreMist

Toto Washlet Bidet Toilet Seat

Toto Washlet Bidet Toilet Seat, $419.40 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uvTpSY

Have you ever been to one of those gas station car washes? You know, the automated type where as you drive into it, high-pressure water jets clean your undercarriage? Well, that’s what the Toto Washlet toilet seat does! Except, in this case, it blasts your personal exhaust instead of your car’s. (more…)

Mirror Box

Triangle Mirror

OPTP NOI Mirror Box Triangle, $60.00 on Amazon:
http://amzn.to/2vlxhtI

This is just plain weird, but I bought it anyway and it actually helps! You place your affected hand inside the triangle (where you can’t see it) and you stare at the reflection of your good hand while you do your exercises. Somehow, it fools your brain into believing that your affected hand is moving too. Jedi mind tricks, I suspect. (more…)

Electrical Stimulation Device

Hidow TENS Unit

Hi-Dow AcuXPD-S Rechargeable Physical Therapy Performance Tens Unit $348.98 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uVZ98a

I received this top-of-the-line “TENS” (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit as a gift from my sister. Of course, she picked the most expensive one she could find. This one is deluxe. It has 12 different “modes,” or electrical pulse patterns, and two separate channels that allow you to electrify your arm and your leg at the same time. It’s very powerful. I regularly use it to treat both pain and spasticity. (more…)

Wheelchair Arm Tray

Wheelchair Arm Tray

Sammons Preston Modified Universal Arm Tray, $144.28 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tbR7pK

If you’re in a wheelchair, here’s a device that will help relieve shoulder pain immensely. Check out my post for other solutions: Shoulder Pain. Fairly simple idea; it slides right on to the armrest and stays there without any tools or clamps or screws necessary. It keeps your arm up, taking the weight off of your shoulder joint. (more…)

Rocktape

Rocktape

Rocktape: various prices and choices on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uOqYzm

This stuff works. Designed for serious athletes, or people that injure themselves while fantasizing that they are serious athletes. For the latter, it’s available in all kinds of colorfully-printed designs. It also comes in pre-cut lengths if you have trouble using scissors. (more…)

Spasticity Relieving Hand Splints

Fingerboard

Adjustable Fingerboard/Splint, $32.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sqsmpw

The first splint is just for the hand. It provides welcome relief if your hands tend to clench into a fist. The fingers are held down with Velcro straps onto a rigid plastic board with a comfy foam layer that absorbs perspiration and provides padding as well. It is very comfortable. I wear them both all day long. Both are washable with soap and water. (more…)

Iron Crush Hand Grippers

Iron Crush Hand Grippers

Iron Crush Hand Grippers, $14.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sRArGY

My occupational therapist doesn’t like these. She said that there was a danger that they would make my grip even stronger, which is not what I need right now because I have a problem with spasticity. However, I have found just the opposite to be true. When I can’t get my hand to relax due to spasticity, (more…)

Rolyan Forearm-Based Skateboard

Roylan Forearm Skateboard

Rolyan Forearm-Based Skateboard, $193.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tlgJ7l

Roylan Forearm Skateboard- Underside

Underside of skateboard showing casters

Let’s go skateboarding! I bought this on Amazon after my second stroke and before I depleted my savings account. It’s a bit pricey, at $194 but it’s really built well. Impact-resistant molded plastic, heavy-duty casters, wide Velcro straps and a removable/adjustable handpiece. One-size-fits-all. (more…)