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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.



Required Materials:​​ 

Common Objects Found in the Home:​​ 

  • Sandpaper/file

  • Cotton balls

  • Q-Tips

  • Bowl

  • Washcloth

  • Silverware​​ 

  • Coins​​ 


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