Part of the recuperation process from a total knee replacement (tkr) is increasing your knee’s flexibility. A great way to do this is by riding an exercise bike. And, a great way to warm up before using the bike is to stretch out the front knee muscles.
It is common knowledge (now that I’ve been told about it..:) ) that simply sitting in a rocking chair and gently rocking back and forth will help to stretch the muscles. Just keep rocking forward until you feel a pull. For myself, this works well for 5-10 minutes. It’s a wonderful warm-up exercise maneuver.
While on my exercise bike recently, I found another way to stretch my knee muscles. The very same stretch can be accomplished by using the bike pedals in a rocking motion. I bring my bionic knee (the one involved in the total knee replacement) to the top of the pedaling motion and simply move it back and forth until I feel a good stretch. Yes, it’s painful – but that’s the jest of it. No one ever said that recuperating from a tkr is not painful. 🙂 I push with my good leg, which is at the bottom stroke. It works great.
Hopefully this will work for you, too. Good luck!
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