Squeeze Ball Exercises for Stroke Patients – I Need a Squeeze Ball

So you’ve had a stroke and one of your arms has lost some mobility. What are you going to do? Don’t forget the easySqueeze Ball things to start with that doesn’t cost much money. Ask someone to get a squeeze ball that will help you strengthen your hand.

This is so inexpensive but you will have all kinds of time when you can pull that little ball out and try to strangle it. I don’t mean to be sick but you may need some emotional support for you to focus your anger, out through your hands, on to that cute little ball.

Here are Some Squeeze Ball Exercises for Stroke Patients

I know that you are going to be getting or have already gotten advice, suggestions or orders for you to complete certain exercises on a regular basis and that is exactly what you need to do. Consult with your physician and/or physical therapist.

Now, just in case they haven’t told you about this adorable little smiley face that needs to have its face roughed up, here are some great hand exercises you can use right in the comfort of your own home.

Many of the exercise below were taken from an article in Flint Rehab.

  • Hold the squeeze ball in your palm and squeeze it as hard as you can. Hold for a few seconds then release. Repeat 10 toWorking the Ball 15 times on each hand. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions.
  • Squeeze the ball with your fingers and thumb but keep your fingers straight. Squeeze and release.
  • Pinch the ball with your fingers and keep the thumb extended.
  • Place your hands out flat with the ball in your palm and then press the ball with your thumb only.
  • Keep your hand flat and roll the ball up and down your palm by flexing and extending your thumb.
  • Place the ball on a table and place your hand on top of it. Then, while keeping the hand flat, roll the ball from the base of your palm to your fingertips.
  • Place the ball on a table and place your hand on top of it. Then, push your palm down on the squeeze ball and then let it back up.
  • Roll the ball between your fingers starting at your thumb and index finger then roll it between your fingers toward your pinkie then return it back to your thumb and index finger.
  • Lay your hand flat and keep your fingers straight. Use your thumb to roll the ball in a circle on your palm.
  • Place the ball in between two fingers (pick any two fingers), then squeeze and release.
  • Lay your hand flat and keep your fingers straight. Use your thumb to push the ball side to side across the width of your palm.
  • Hold the squeeze ball between your index finger and middle finger then press your thumb into the ball and release.
  • Place the squeeze ball on a table then push on the top of the squeeze ball with your thumb and all of your fingers and then release.

There are many other types of hand exercises for stroke patients but I’m going to attempt to keep these article focused on one topic. I will cover other exercise in a future article.

Keep the Squeeze Ball Close By

The squeeze ball is easy to carry with you and is convenient to use if you have some down time. Squeezing a ball can Weight Traineralso get your mind off your situation at times. You don’t even need a health problem to get great benefits from this.

I have heard many people say in my life that you need to give your muscles a chance to relax and re-build, which I don’t disagree with, but I also don’t think you need to wait 48 hours between exercises or any particular amount of time. You should be able to work your hands out any time you desire.

This next story is just one of personal experience and I just put it before you to get you to think about your exercises and all the opinions that will come at you.

I remember playing football when younger and all the times in the weight room. We worked out different body parts on different days and made sure we gave our muscles time to rest and grow or strengthen but I will never forget one little guy that everyone was afraid of.

This little guy ended up being the nose guard on defense. He was right in the middle of these huge guys with massive muscles, but this guy wasn’t afraid of anyone. This may have been partly his personality or the way he was raised but there was more to it than that.

Strong ManThis guy worked on a farm throwing bales of hay back before we had all the fancy round hay bailing machines. He worked all summer throwing thousands and thousands of bales and he evidently wasn’t listening to any sports trainers telling him to rest 48 hours before he threw some more hay.

This guy built the strongest, smallest looking muscles that were wirery and by gosh, STRONG. He was so strong he could beat any of the big guys in arm wrestling and many or them were almost twice his size. How could this little guy be so strong and so effective among giants?

The answer, in my humble, non-scholarly opinion, was repetition. He had no choice but to work hard every day without a break. Maybe he got one day off a week, and maybe his rest was sleeping at night but he built “real” strength by working his body, all the time.

Update: 02/06/2018

I would like to reiterate here that you should consult your physician or physical therapist before extensive use of hand therapy exercises. 

I bring this up for you to not be afraid of using that little squeeze ball to your hearts content. You may want to talk to your doctor or physical therapist about this, which doesn’t hurt my feelings, as I am not a doctor. I am just a stroke survivor who looks for any way possible to improve my life and those of you who choose to listen.

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6 Comments on “Squeeze Ball Exercises for Stroke Patients – I Need a Squeeze Ball”

  1. This is a great article and a subject that is close to my own heart. I had a stroke when I was 11 months old. It gave me vision loss, epilepsy and depression. And I use a squeeze ball 🙂
    I did not know it could help with my stroke though. I use it for my anxiety mostly. But I do keep it close by like you said in your article here. I keep my rounded smiley one in my purse and I also have a fun Doctor Who Weeping Angel squeeze “toy” a friend got me which I keep in my office and use when I’m doing work. I mostly make my own sewing patterns which has helped a GREAT deal in helping me solve puzzles and do Math which I have always struggled with in the past because of my stroke. It is REALLY nice to know that I was doing something else to help my brain without even knowing it!!!!!

    Love this website. Keep up the great work. I will be back for sure.

    1. Wow, we normally don’t associate strokes with young children, even though we know it can happen. It’s great to hear you’re using the squeeze ball. I have heard that it helps with stress and other issues. My son had ADD when he was younger and we found it was best if he always had something to fidget with to take his minds off things that bothered him.

      I really enjoyed hearing about how you sew and do puzzles. That makes me think of our family always putting a puzzle together over Thanksgiving and Christmas. It became a tradition and one where someone always had to sneak a piece away so they could be the one to put that last piece in. That was me most of the time.

      Thank you for dropping by and I’m glad to have connected with you.

  2. Hey, Rick!

    I haven’t had a stroke but I know where to turn should I ever have one.

    I often used a squeeze ball for helping relieve what seemed to be the onset of carpal tunnel. I also used the spring type device for strengthening my hands and forearms, though I think I overdid it. I used it on my way to and from work every day for a good while, until I started having trouble with my thumbs.

    All that to say, perhaps if I would have had some down time, whether 24 or 48 hours I don’t know, I might not have problems with my thumbs. Of course, it’s possible I did other activities that caused the problem or at least contributed to it.

    For clarification, I’m not disagreeing with you on the 48 hours of rest. Let’s just say that when my wife and I were doing Crossfit in our slightly younger days, we didn’t go every day. It was a preference, not a conviction.

    Good article.

    By the way, is Flint Rehab by any chance in Michigan?

    Kind Regards,

    Rick

    1. Thank you for your great comments.

      Flint Rehab is in Irvine, CA. California and Michigan are connected sometimes at the Rose Bowl on New Years Day.

      I absolutely hear what you’re saying on rest between exercises. I hope I’m making myself clear to everyone that I am not a health professional and many of the things said here come from personal experience and beliefs, and everyone should consult their doctor and other healthcare providers for individualized care. I guess my real point is that if you feel like squeezing that little ball more than every 48 hours than don’t fear overdoing it. Just be conscious of what you’re doing talk to your professional healthcare providers.

      Thank you so much for the great feedback.

  3. Great post Rock. I’ve learned so much on how a squeeze ball can benefit stroke patience.

    I use a squeeze ball for stress management and working forearm muscles when I’m behind a desk all day.

    I can be a very useful tool.

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