Top 5 Apps for Hand Recovery Following Stroke

NeuroRehab Team
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016



The latest research shows that the brain is capable of rewiring and adapting after stroke. Therefore, arm and hand recovery is more possible than previously thought. However, in order to improve function in the upper limb, the client must be willing to incorporate the affected side purposefully and repeatedly.

Key Facts

  • 50% of stroke survivors are likely to regain some functional use of the upper limb. Broeks JG et al. Disabl and Rehabil, 1999.
  • 41% of all patients had limited hand use at 3 months and 45% at 18 months after stroke. Welmer AK et al. J Rehabil Med, 2008.
  • At 6 months post stroke, some dexterity was found in 38% and complete functional recovery was seen in 11.6% of patients. Kwakkel G et al. Stroke, 2003.


For many suffering from a neurological injury such as stroke, online Apps are an important adaptive and therapeutic tool required to maximize independence and quality of life. Listed below are 5 helpful apps that clients with hand impairments should consider for ongoing treatment and functional use.


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Top 5 Apps for Hand Recovery


Balloon Frenzy – Everyone loves popping balloons! Now you can do it on your own device, at a new level: FRENZY! Jut tap the balloons to pop them. The game is simple to play, but it gets difficult with the increased number of waves and fast movement.!/id660009694?mt=8


Hit It – It’s all about speed and quick fingers. Touch and move as fast as you can to see if you can beat all levels. Improve your dexterity and try to be the fastest guy in the high score. A game and science at the same time. Check out the about screen to learn more.


Dexteria – Dexteria turns your iOS device into a therapeutic tool that improves fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults.


iOT Session –  is an app that improves and addresses deficits in visual tracking, bilateral coordination, visual perception, fine motor/dexterity, visual scanning, and handwriting/correct letter formation.


Angry Birds – Use the unique powers of the Angry Birds to destroy the greedy pigs’ defenses!

 The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses.

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