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Resistance Bands & A TKR

While going through physical therapy, I noticed different colored bands tied around the parallel bars. It turns out that these bands were known as resistance bands. They were in bright colors and I stated I wanted a red one. “This isn’t a fashion show, Marie,” is what I heard. The physical therapist then went on to tell me that different colors signify different strengths. Something new was learned that day by me. 🙂

Anyways, one exercise involved putting the band around my knee area and pulling my leg out sideways. The other end of the band is around a table leg, or stationary bar. Ouch. The band kept bunching together like a rope around my knee. Another exercise involved pulling my leg backwards (with the band around my knee). Again….big time ouch.

The one exercise that worked great using resistance bands was:

Sitting on a chair, putting the band around both ankles, separating the legs, then return. It’s great for the outer knee and leg area.

As can be seen, these resistance bands are used for strengthening muscles and providing resistance training – some people love them. I have found them useful, also, in upper arm exercises. Simply placing them over the hands and pulling outwards is a great pull. And, the bands don’t have a chance to bunch up like they do in my knee exercises.

I’m sure there are many other uses for resistance bands, these are the only ones that I am familiar with – mainly because of my tkr.  I am not an expert in this field. 🙂

Why am I telling this? I was looking over my notes regarding recuperating from a total knee replacement and noticed a reminder to myself to include a blog post about this subject. It is a writing trigger, though not too subtle. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it.


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