Good exercises to aid in stroke recovery include stretching and strengthening exercises. Stroke recovery rehab exercises usually focus on the arms and hands to lessen spasticity and to enhance muscle control.
Patients undertake exercises that involve passive movements of the arms with the help of a therapist. Doctors encourage patients to indulge in more exercises during the day, when they have more energy. Doctors encourage stretching the arms to build a foundation for recovery, but not as an alternative to medication. Patients should engage in exercises at least three days a week for 20 to 60 minutes, depending on their individual physical capacity.