According to the National Institutes of Health, over 700,000 people suffer from a stroke every year in the United States. Most of those individuals will survive the stroke, and need help with rehabilitation once they recover. Physical therapy is an effective and necessary form of rehabilitation which helps people recover their ability to use their muscles to move. Use physical therapy to recover from a stroke by talking to your doctor, working with a physical therapist and practicing your muscle movements and motions as often and repetitively as possible.
Method 1 of 2: Using Physical Therapy While in the Hospital
Work with a therapist on passive movements. The therapist will move your limbs repeatedly if you are paralyzed and not able to move them yourself.
Method 2 of 2: Using Physical Therapy After Discharge
Evaluate the problems the stroke has caused for your muscles and movement.
Practice your therapy at home as well. Your physical therapist will give you exercises to do on your own between sessions.