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Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness is one of the most common symptoms after a stroke. They can limit your movement, which can get worse over time if not addressed.6 The good news is that research shows that people who learn strength-training exercises immediately after a stroke have greater improvements in muscle strength and function more than 6 months later. Muscle strengthening exercises have also been linked to a reduced risk of falls in older people who survived a stroke.8

Regular exercise is a key part of your recovery. It can improve strength and help prevent long-term disability, such as spasticity.6,9 This includes:9

  • Cardiovascular activity
    (e.g., walking)
  • Strength training
    (e.g., using free weights)
  • Stretching
  • Coordination and balance activities
    (e.g., yoga, tai-chi)
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