One thing that I learned very early on in my stroke was the need to maintain and provide stimulation to the effected side. I was a nurse, paramedic, clinic manager and just felt like I needed to stimulate my body even though I had lost all feeling. I have since learned that the brain is extremely flexible but gives away space if function is not active. That space that the brain gives to other functions is difficult to get back after it has been reassigned. You can provide stimulation and constantly remind the brain of the connection and maintain that activity space through stimulation. This is done by gently rubbing the entire effected area daily. This reminds the brain of the connection as it is being rebuilt. Do not scrub the area or cause redness or skin deterioration. Gently rub the area. When we suffer a stroke it is a stroke of the brain not the limbs.