Fitness Concerning Knee Rehabilitation
For people that underwent knee replacements, getting back in shape should be placed high on their priority list if not the top. People who need surgery indulge in minimal physical exercises and exertions for a handful of weeks, or even months, before the surgery because of the discomfort that it causes. After a knee replacement surgery, there are three areas that you want to take into account when decided on a physical fitness routine.
Improving the Mobility
Under the specialised therapy program, you have to target a 110-120 degree motion; this is the least amount that you should aim for. In most cases, people will settle for a number far below 110 or 120. For the optimal development of the degree of motion, you have to work out and stretch the muscles in the knee. The thigh muscles or quadriceps and hamstrings are the main muscles that need to be exercised under your scheduled physical therapy.
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One of the most common knee replacement therapy is to sit back comfortably on a chair and using the non-surgical leg to assist the operated leg and hold it back for about ten seconds. Of course there are more exercises aside from that which can help enhance the knee’s mobility. The bottom line is to develop a fully functional knee in order to do all the activities that you did before without hindrance.
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Equipment for Exercise
We recommend two kinds of exercise equipment typically used by those undergoing knee rehabilitation, but aside from that they can also contribute to overall fitness and they are the treadmill and stationary bike. Though either of them can do miracles when it comes to gaining better knee mobility the bicycle is the easier option. During the first few sessions, a 5-10 minute exercise on any of the equipment should suffice, then slowly increase the time until you’re able to go at 30-45 minutes a session. Those that don’t really feel like using a treadmill or stationary bike can opt for a leg extension machine.
Simple Weight Training
Weight lifting is a crucial exercise, especially for those under physical therapy programs; they are the perfect exercise if you aim to improve fitness after a surgery. Stronger muscles throughout the body means that you’ll be able to do tasks easier and you’ll burn more calories along the way. People who went under a knee replacement surgery typically avoid weight lifting but what they don’t realise is that weight lifting can strengthen muscles around the joint of the knee replacement; stronger joint muscles achieve improved functioning prosthesis so they’ll be able do tons of fitness goals without discomfort.