Patient rehabilitation exercises are a huge part of patient care. A patient’s physical health is often the first indicator of their mental and social well-being. Rehabilitation exercises improve patient mobility and increase muscle strength and flexibility while reducing patient pain levels.
However, the patient rehabilitation exercises you choose should be based on the diagnosis and level of impairment.
In this blog post, we will provide you with six patient rehabilitation exercises you can do at home to help get back on your feet fast!
Exercise 1: Side-Lying Clam Exercise
This exercise is perfect for those with neck or back pain on one side of the body. Lie on your uninjured side, then lift the top knee towards your chest while rotating the pelvis in that direction.
Repeat this movement ten times before switching sides and repeating twice more per injured side.
Exercise 2: Tin Man Stretch
You can perform this stretch by standing next to a wall, bending forward at the waist until you can feel a stretch in your shoulders, upper back muscles, and hamstrings (if necessary). Hold it for about twenty seconds, then relax for five.
Repeat the stretch three times with a twenty-second break in between each time.
Exercise 3: Supine Wall Slide
To complete this patient rehabilitation exercise, lie on your back and slide down a wall as if you would sit at its base. Once there, hold it for about 15 seconds and release.
Repeat this three times with five seconds in between each time.
Exercise 4: Prone Bridge
Lie on your back with both knees bent to an angle of 90 degrees. Lift one leg off the ground while keeping the other in this position. Lower it back down before repeating with the opposite leg for 30 seconds each.
Exercise 5: Seated Hip Stretch
This patient rehabilitation exercise is used to stretch muscles surrounding the hips and thighs by sitting on a chair or bench, leaning forward slightly, then taking one foot off of its heel and placing it flat on the ground.
Next, bend your torso over to reach for this foot while keeping your back straight and hold on to your ankle or toes before returning to a seated position each time.
Exercise 6: Quadruped Knee Tuck
For patient rehabilitation exercises involving a knee tuck, get into a quadruped position on the ground by kneeling and keeping your knees directly below your hips.
Next, raise one leg off of the floor while keeping it bent at a 90-degree angle before tucking that knee into your chest as close as you can get to your body without causing pain or discomfort in doing so.
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