Solution Name: Post Stroke Sensory Concerns
Sensory reeducation can help you achieve the return of sensation after stroke. Sensory issues such as numbness are common stroke side effects that leave many confused.
If a stroke damaged the part of your brain that is responsible for interpreting your senses, then you may develop sensory issues after stroke.
Specifically, sensory issues arise from damage to the right side of the brain or the parietal and occipital lobes.
Sensory reeducation helps to regain sensation after a stroke
Sensory Reeducation Exercise- Repeating sensory reeducation exercises (which are included below) over and over and over is proven to stimulate neuroplasticity in your brain and rewire your brain’s ability to feel.
Gather objects with different textures and place them onto a table in front of the individual Then, without looking at the objects, pick them up and feel them. Try to distinguish the difference between textures. Some examples of objects to grab are soft scarves, rough sandpaper, fluffy cotton balls, rough Velcro, and cool silverware.
Fill a bowl with uncooked rice/small noodles and bury different textured objects in it, like marbles, coins, Velcro strips, cotton balls, etc. Then have the individual reach their hand into the bowl and try to find the objects without looking.
Place different objects in the individual’s hand with eyes open and sense how these objects feel. Once you’ve gone through all the objects and observed how they feel, perform the exercise again with your eyes closed. Put all your focus into feeling each object to emphasize that connection in your mind. Note any difference between how the objects feel with your eyes open or closed.
This exercise is particularly beneficial to stroke survivors who have trouble feeling heat or cold. Soak a cloth in cold water and soak another cloth in hot (but not scalding) water. Then, have someone place the cold cloth on your arm. Try to sense what that feels like. After 30 seconds, have them switch the cold cloth with the warm cloth. Try to sense the difference in temperature. Then, close your eyes. Have your assistant place one cloth on your arm and try to determine if you’re feeling heat or cold. Repeat this exercise back and forth alternating from hot to cold.
Close eyes and have a caregiver place hand somewhere on the arm. Then, point to the area that you think was touched. If you don’t point to the correct area, have your caregiver move your hand. Then, open your eyes to visually absorb the information.
Once this exercise is mastered, switch it up by having someone touch you with different textured objects, like a Q-tip or metal spoon. Always keep eyes closed during the exercise, and if you perform the exercise incorrectly, open your eyes once your caregiver moves your finger to absorb the feedback.
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