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4-5 yrs later

by Marie
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Question: I had a stroke about 4-5 years ago and haven't been to therapy in more than two years. Balance is very poor. Can balance exercises help? It has been almost 5 years.

Answer Balance exercises can definitely help especially if you haven't been doing anything to address balance over the last couple of years. Also, I don't know how old you are, but it is not unusual for balance to decrease as we age so balance exercises are good not only for those that have had strokes but even for those who have not had strokes. Balance and flexibility exercises are very important as we age as they can help improve or maintain our mobility and prevent us from getting stiff and having difficulty with everyday activities (e.g. such as dressing).

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