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Alternative Types of Therapy to Keep it Fun

Stroke recovery and rehabilitation doesn’t need to be all work and no play. Take a look at these three alternative types of therapy and add some fun back into your routine. These therapies are excellent options regardless of if you every tried the activity prior to your stroke.

Hit the Pool
Aquatic Therapy, also known as pool therapy, is a useful form of therapy for stroke survivors. The water helps to support a patient’s weight, which can make it easier and less painful to perform certain exercises. The resistance provided by the water is a great way to strengthen muscles with out the need for physical weights. Plus, the natural pressure of the water can reduce joint and tissue swelling.

Go to the Stables
Hippotherapy according to the American Hippotherapy Association is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy that uses the movement of a horse to regain neuromuscular function. Horses have a multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. And patients respond to the movement patterns of the horse. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, and motor skills. Patients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable experience in a natural setting.

Seek Out a Studio
Dance-Movement Therapy (DMT) is creative arts therapy rooted in the expressive nature of dance itself. DMT is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as "the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration of the individual."  Dancing improves movement and muscle control. Through steady rhythmic beats and musical timing, dancing reverses the effects of neurological deficits after stroke.

By: Stroke-Network.com Staff Writer Amy McCraken

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"Stroke recovery and rehabilitation doesn’t need to be all work and no play. Put some fun back into your routine."

Think Ouside the Box

We have provided just 3 types of alternative therapy. Think about anything you like to do or would like to try and there is a good chance you can find a therapy program based around that activity. Music, learning a second language, travel, cooking, fishing, golf, video games, gardening. Get creative and put some fun back into your therpay.

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