The first movements of arm as well as leg will depend on the type of stroke, its localization and quality of medical treatment. It is necessary to pay attention to the fact that rehabilitation of an arm goes on a bit slower than that of a leg. May be this is the result of imperceptible process of rehabiliation. This or that way we try to use the affected leg to walk about the room, to go to the kitchen, to the toilette, and those imperciptible movements improve the muscles of the affected lower extremity. Unlike the affected leg the affected arm doesn't do any actions, because you try to use only unaffected arm, that results in slower process of rehabilitation.
The first problem you'll meet is muscle spasm. Muscles staying in state of immobility for a long time loose their flexibility and shorten a bit, besides paralysis leads to increasing of muscle tone that results in spasm, limited and constrained movements.
The first exercise on warming-up of joints and lenghtening out of muscles. Crossing fingers and placing hands on chest level (picture a) lover them slowly (picture b).
Exercises with a stick
With the help of a stick (1-1.5 metres long) you can do a lot of exercises on limbering-up of upper limb girdle, of elbow bend and of back muscles. These exercises improve flexibility of muscles, strengthen and enlarge them, extend the amplitude of movements.
It's a magic stick, isn't it?
Warming-up of a hand
Highly effective means of warming-up of fingers and hand is Mr. Rubik's invention.
Turninig of planes of Mr. Rubik's block helps to train all the movements of your hand (up and down, right and left), limber up fingers phalaxes strengthen finger muscles and to some extend improve micromovements of fingers.
Limbering-up of fingers
A complicated moments of rehabilitation is training of micromovements of your fingers. Revolving of pencillike object with fingers is a great help.
Use simple methods. Take a pencil or a pen with two fingers and revolve it back and forward. Methods are simple, doing is difficult. The most "obedient" finger is your forefinger. Try to use thumb and forefinger (picture a). If difficult help the working fingers with your other hand. In case of success use the other fingers and thumb (picture b, c).
Exercises on strenghtening