Don’t Delay Your Recovery
Traditional Rehabilitation Leverage Methods Explained
Muscles in Your Own Leg (Leg slide) -This is probably one of the most well known knee replacement physical therapy exercises-sitting in a chair and attempting to slide your leg back as far as possible. This is the poorest leverage available secondary to the weakness that usually exists in the leg prior to surgery. Limitations: need for slick flooring surface.
Self-Assist Other Leg-This is similar to the stretch above except that it uses the non-surgical leg to assist the bend . Legs do not have as much fine motor control as the arms, and some people have trouble controlling the amount of force applied. Limitations: non-surgical leg is bad, bilateral surgery.
Sheet/Strap on your Stomach or Back-Lying on your back or stomach and using a sheet or strap to help pull the leg into flexion is another exercise after total knee replacement. Limitations: need a bed or ability to get up/down off the floor easily and safely, measurement.
Stool/Staircase-Stepping up onto a stool or a staircase and leaning forward will force a bend in the knee. Limitations: need equipment, staircase with a railing that is safe, balance, measurement.
Another Person-A physical therapist applies force to bend the knee for you or with your assistance. Limitations: very easy to over-do with resulting setback, availability vente de viagra sur internet.
Gym Equipment (Nu-step)-Equipment used in a physical therapy rehab setting that allows for a gradual increase of range that can be dialed out. Limitations: access.
Self-Assist Arms-Lying face up on the floor or bed and using your arms to assist the bending movement of your knee. Limitations: not for early stages of recovery, measurement.
Bike-Using a bike pedal and other leg to force a knee bend on the post-surgical side. Limitations: difficult to control force applied, easy to over-do.
The following infographic is a pictorial representation showing the weaknesses and strengths of each technique. The rating system is my own, developed over 20 years of practice.
As you can see, The F.L.EX bar is rated the highest of all the stretching techniques because it solves the majority of the problems associated with the other methods. The F.L.EX bar was designed specifically with your needs in mind. (Click on image to enlarge)
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The F.L.EX Bar is everything needed in a leverage system.
• Convenient to Use
• Precision Control
I hope you can see how a portable leverage tool that is easy to use in any room in the house or in any office in an upright position can offer massive value to the post-op surgical patient!
Traditional Feedback Methods Explained
The physical therapist uses a tool called a goniometer to measure your progress at regular intervals. As we learned from part II of this series, not having access to your own feedback system can case massive delays and wasted time and effort. Fortunately there is a better way.
Tune in next to find out whether the rehab industry is really being honest about the effectiveness of their treatment programs?
If you missed the first two articles in the series you can find them here
Already know you want a fast start on your recovery?
Watch Part One of the Video Series: How To Speed Up Recovery After a Knee Replacement
Watch Part Two of the Video Series: The Number 1 Reason for Slow Recovery
Watch Part Four of the Video Series: Is the Rehab Industry Being Honest About the Effectiveness of Their Treatment Methods