What is Work Your M.O.T.O.R. ?

Work you M.O.T.O.R. is a series of home exercise videos for anyone who has suffered a neurological disorder. These videos are fun and engaging, and will keep you motivated as you continue your rehab from home. Whether you are just starting out or need higher level challenges, Work you M.O.T.O.R. offers something for everyone.

The exercises are led by licensed occupational therapists, but you have the added benefit of real life survivors who understand what you are going through, every step of the way!

The series includes:

  • Passive range of motion (PROM)
  • Active assistive range of motion (AAROM)
  • Upper body strengthening
  • Lower body strengthening/dynamic standing balance
  • Seated core exercises
  • Functional hand exercises using common household items

Pressing play every day will be sure to lift your spirits and help aid your recovery from the comfort of your own home.

The Science Behind the Workouts

Stroke is the leading cause of serious long term disability in the United States, affecting 795,000 people each year, or 15 million people worldwide*. Strokes can occur at ANY age, with one fourth occurring in people under the age of 65. Disability after a stroke can often lead to decreased mobility and range of motion, increased risk for contractures, pain and depression- just to name just a few. Research has proven that regular exercise after a stroke helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves circulation, enhances mood, prevents contractures and the list goes on! Newer research is also all about the idea of neuroplasticity.

Have you heard of neuroplasticity? It’s awesome! Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize or rewire itself by forming new neural connections in the brain. In easier terms, the brain can actually create new pathways by repetitive movements and experiences. After a stroke or injury to the brain, part of the brain tissues are damaged. We now know that the brain is “plastic” and capable of “finding a new way”. Thus, the more you practice a task oriented exercise, the stronger the new pathways become – leading to new movement! The best way to do this is practicing not only exercise, but continuously using the affected part of the body and mind in everyday life, repeatedly. That’s exactly why Amy and Lisa’s have developed a home exercise program to keep the exercises new and novel. More reps, please!

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