Ask your doctor about your post-stroke limitations
BEFORE you start an exercise program!
ACTIVITIES TO TRY
DPI Adaptive Fitness
3545 Chain Bridge Rd Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22030
Adaptive group classes: Adaptive Boxing, Parkinsons Boxing, Adaptive Yoga, Rowing, and Open Gym
Medstar NRH sponsored Saturday open gym (no cost-but sign-up is required)
Lift Me Up!
P.O. Box 104
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
The mission of Lift Me Up! is to provide a safe, effective, and challenging therapeutic riding program dedicated to helping children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. By combining the use of horses and the skills of certified instructors, Lift Me Up! seeks to help riders develop physically, mentally, and emotionally in a caring and fun environment that empowers the rider in ways very different from traditional therapy.
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding
41793 Tutt Lane
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, Inc. was formed in 1974 to empower and improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and psychological disabilities through the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving our industry through training and education.
Rowing is offered year round, offering instruction and training on the water April through September, and indoor erg training November through March. Opportunities for competition both indoor on ergs and on the water are made available for those interested.
For more information
Swimming is an enjoyable and beneficial form of exercise. It improves coordination and balance and can help with pain management.
Read an article by a stroke survivor about her experiences with swimming and how it helps her: The Healing Benefits of Water
Look for a pool with wheelchair access. Many local recreation center pools accommodate people with disabilities and some offer special classes and access times.
Tai Chi and QiGong
Practicing Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance, improve provide a sense of well-being. QiGong moves are not as complex as Tai Chi and focus more on the meditation aspects but it is something the beginners can practice without learning all the moves of traditional Tai Chi. Read an article an article about the benefits of Tai Chi for stroke survivors: Tai chi after stroke aids balance, UA study finds
Yoga at the Stroke Comeback Center
Seated and traditional yoga classes are offered to nurture the spirit while improving strength and flexibility. Classes are led by Melanie Dorn, speech-language pathologist and certified yoga teacher.