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Do These Hamstring Muscle Exercises To Reduce Pain

After your tkr, total knee replacement, you will experience pain in your hamstring muscles – the muscles located on the backside of your thigh and knee. When done consistently, hamstring exercises can be a natural pain reliever that also improves your overall functioning level. Here are some hamstring exercises to reduce pain:

Upright stretch

Do these gentle stand-up stretching maneuvers to lower your pain level.

Find a table or other firm surface that is waist-height.

Place your tkr leg onto the table.

Make certain your leg is parallel to your hip.

Keep your opposite-side foot firmly planted on the floor.

Gently and slowly bend your upper body forward until you feel a stretch along the backside of your leg.

Bend as far as possible while keeping your knee and back straight.

Hold this hamstring exercise stretch for five seconds.

Slowly return to the original upright position.

Rest for five seconds.

Repeat this exercise five times.

Bicycling

Bicycling is an excellent warm-up for your hamstring exercise program. Bicycling increases circulation, which in turn loosens muscles. This helps minimize your injury risks. It is a low-impact activity that places minimal stress on your tkr.

Begin by setting the resistance level at zero. Increase the intensity and time as your become stronger. Pedal at a comfortable pace.

Leg Bends

Leg bends are also known as hamstring curls.

Stand facing a sturdy chair.

Hold onto the chair while lifting your tkr leg from the floor.

Bend your knee as far as possible, bringing your heel toward your buttocks.

Hold this stretch for five seconds.

Slowly lower your leg to the original position.

Rest 10 seconds.

Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Remember

Always warm-up prior to any exercise program.

Stop at the first sign of excessive pain or discomfort.

Drink water throughout your regime.

Always cool-down for five minutes after your regime.

Consider icing your tkr after exercising to reduce pain and swelling.

Always place safety first while doing the above hamstring muscle exercises to reduce pain.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditionsfor over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing. </FONT>

Places Where Germs Gather in Hospitals and Public Places

Hi everyone. Let’s consider this a two-part series. I just published an article on where germs abound in homes. Now, let’s discuss where germs gather in hospitals and other public places. Everyone needs to be aware.

Doorknobs. Protect yourself by holding onto a tissue, handcloth, or other similar item to cover your hands. You can also wear some protective gloves.

IV Stands. Who knows how often these valuable pieces of equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. IV-patients are expected to transport themselves while moving these.

Bathrooms. Watch out for the toilet seat. Depending on your strength, you may need to hold onto the toilet seat to lower or raise yourself. As soon as your hands touch the seat, your hands are at risk.

* The bathroom’s door latch/knob is a carrier. When I was recently hospitalized, I didn’t see one time when the handle was sanitized or cleaned. There were multiple people using the bathroom, also.

* The bathroom’s toilet seat cover container is a possible risk. Where has the previous user’s hands been?

* Sinks and their faucet handles.

Commodes. The commode seat and lid need to be touched. So do the side rails used to lift and lower your body. These are possible contamination sites.

Railings. Many stairs have railings to help people going up and down stairs.

Countertops.

Elevator floor indicators. Think of how many different fingers touch these buttons everyday.

Produce Sections. Everyone buying fresh produce picks up the item and tests it for personal preference/ripeness/etc. Germs can abound. Eliminate risk by using a cloth or buying bagged produce.

That is all I can think of for now. Will update at a later date with more places Where Germs Gather in Hospitals and Public Places .

Here is a helpful link to an informative article written by the WebMD team. Read it for further insight:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/12-places-germs-lurk#1
Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Can You Wiggle Your Toes?

Hi everyone. This popped into my mind last night and thought it worthy of sharing. So…When initially hospitalized after my car accident, I was continually asked the same question. Every morning the doctors would make their daily rounds and when they surrounded my bed, I was asked “Can you wiggle your toes?” Why?

As I have written previously about, one injury I ‘suffered’ was a spinal column injury. My first cervical vertebrae (aka a “C-1”) was fractured. It was a clear break that required laying flat with sand bags on each side of my head.

One of the common injuries sustained after a fractured C-1 is paralysis. How did I know? I asked.

First, the doctors would remove the sheets from covering my feet. One would feel my toe temperature to see how well my blood was circulating. Then, it was time to show whether or not my toes could move. “Can you wiggle your toes?” I heard. It took all the energy I had to show them I could.

Picture a pair of feet here….

I do not remember how much my toes moved, only that they moved. The doctors all exhaled signs of relief when this happened. I silently did so.

When first introduced to this technique, I was too drugged to wonder what was going on. As I regained some of my faculties, I began getting annoyed with this daily question. “What do you mean can I wiggle my toes?! Of course I can,” I would think. After I found out why I was being asked it, my annoyance turned into interest and strong concern.

I am one of the lucky individuals who did not experience any level of paralysis from this fracture. I have always been grateful for how some medical information/status was held back from me during my initial hospitalization stays. It was for the betterment.

Hopefully, this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physical concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Enjoy this special day in any way that floats your boat – mind, soul, and body.

Thank you for your continued support. Without all your visits, likes, comments, and insights this site would be as successful as it is. I am very grateful for all of you.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Get Physical

How To Handle TKR Stiffness

Hi everyone. I have been receiving some inquiries from a number of you about how to handle tkr stiffness. To clarify for those uninitiated -tkr stands for total knee replacement. (That’s for my SEO gurus..:) )

I thought it would be nice to take a few moments and share some personal insight that works for me. Just so you know, yes…I still have stiffness years after my tkr. And, it’s been nine years since my total knee replacement. Wow…

* Do isometrics.
Isometrics involve tightening your leg muscles. Hold this tension for about six to eight seconds. Release and relax for five seconds. Go on to the next muscle until you have exercised your entire tkr leg. Isometrics are great for blood circulation. I LOVE isometrics.

Isometrics can be done anywhere, any time. I especially like doing them when I am driving or watching TV. Know that these exercises raise blood pressure, so be sure to check with your medical care provider before including them in your routine.

* Do ankle circles.
Gently and slowly lift your tkr-side foot from the surface. Slowly start rotating your foot from right to left. Do five of these maneuvers. Lower your foot to the surface. Relax for ten seconds. Repeat this flexibility movement with your other leg.

This exercise can be done while sitting at a desk, in a recliner, or while standing. Do them on land or in water, whatever suits your fancy. Find time to fit it in to your daily regime to reap the best results.

* Ride an exercise bike.
You were likely given a tkr recuperation exercise that involves riding an exercise bike. There is a reason for this. Bicycling stretches all your leg muscles.

One maneuver that works well for me involves pedaling slowly until my tkr leg reaches the top of the pedaling ‘circle’.

Then, I apply pressure on the pedals to gently and slowly rock my leg back and forth. When done correctly, you will feel a gentle stretch on the top of your tkr.

* Walking
No article on tkr stiffness would be complete without mentioning walking. Walking can be done indoors at home, a fitness track, and/or shopping mall. Do it outdoors for a change of scenery. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and socks. Only walk at a pace that is comfortable for you. Never overextend yourself.

* Take frequent breaks.
Position your tkr leg differently. Working different muscle groups is crucial for dealing with tkr stiffness. It prevents your leg from getting numb, also. This is especially true when driving. Stop the car, get out and stretch. Doing something as “simple” as gentle marching will work well. Get your blood flowing.

* Touch your toes.
This age-old exercise stretches all your leg muscles. I especially like the way my hamstrings feel when I touch my hands to the floor’s surface. This is a great way to keep the back of your tkr flexible. Of course, be sure to only do it as far as your comfort level allows. Never overextend yourself.

* Stand up slowly.
Whenever you stand up after sitting awhile, be sure to do it slowly and deliberately. Hold onto something, if needed. Standing up too fast can make you dizzy and off-balance. This increases your risks of falling and causing further damage. Some people with tkr stiffness do not realize it exists until they stand up quickly and lose their balance. Do not let this happen. Take your time standing up.

* Stretch regularly.
When dealing with tkr stiffness, remember that stretching throughout the day is key to being flexible. Instead of only doing flexibility exercises during your recuperation hour, find time to squeeze them in at other times.

Stretch while standing in line, sitting in a lobby, waiting in traffic, or other opportune moments. There is never an excuse for not stretching.

* Do ankle lifts.
Instead of “simply” standing, lift your heels from the surface. Stand on your foot pads for a few seconds. Lower yourself back to original position. Do this for as many times as is comfortable. Your calf muscles play a crucial role in helping your tkr function properly.

OK, that’s all I have for now. Hopefully, my suggestions can help you and others going through similar situations. We have to work at keeping our total knee replacements from becoming stiff.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Sponsored Articles: The Scoop

Hi everyone. As this blog increases in popularity, certain events are occurring which need clarification. This article subject involves sponsored articles…as the title suggests. What, exactly, is a sponsored article?

Some writers approach me wanting to increase their exposure and online presence. Some contact me as “experts” in their field. Others have no experience, but want to use my site as a platform for growing an online community. Whatever the reason, I am asked if there is interest in having a sponsorship arrangement.

Once communications start, I find out that there is definitely confusion as to the actual definition of sponsorship. So….

A sponsored article means YOU pay ME for the privilege of promoting your article on my site. Your fee provides me with support to perform my services and keep this site up and running. I DO NOT PAY YOU. Check any dictionary definition of a sponsorship and you will receive the same information.

I do not know how the topic of sponsorship became so confusing. Perhaps it is the Internet platform. Perhaps it is a simple misunderstanding.

Anyways….I am always open for true sponsorship opportunities. You will have ample opportunity to promote your business/self within the article. Details will be forthcoming as the final details are arranged.

Hope this blog etiquette post provides proper clarification regarding sponsorship writing/links.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

My Healthy Holiday Reading Suggestions – TKR

Hi everyone. It’s that time of year when thoughts of the holidays come into mind. If you, or someone you know, is planning on having a total knee replacement in the upcoming year, consider gifting some of my healthy holiday reading suggestions – tkr:

  • “My Patient’s Perspective On Preparing For a Total Knee Replacement” is ideal for covering all the bases. Having gone through this arduous surgery twice, for the same knee, you can truly feel comfortable in receiving the best information possible.
  • Sleeping after a tkr is something not completely discussed in the medical profession. I experienced insomnia for 10 months and felt it needed to be documented. I figured the information could help others.

I posted a blog and responses poured in. Receive more insight by buying my “Dealing With Insomnia After a TKR” book. It is available in various formats to satisfy many reader needs.

  • If water exercising is to your liking, you will find my “Water Exercises After A TKR” book chock-full of useful maneuvers that stretch and strengthen without pain or discomfort. Anyone with knee joint concerns can benefit.
  • After recuperating from a fractured mandible (broken jaw), I found it exhausting to find valuable information online and/or offline. So, I authored a book titled “Why Do You Talk Like That?”. It is available in hard copy and digital form. It includes recipes, exercises, and real-life experiences intent on helping others going through the same thing.

Please visit my Books page for more information on formats and ordering for all of my books. I am the author.

Well, that is the end of my shameless self-promotion. I have no doubt that my books will satisfy many reader needs. Give the gift of education and enlightenment.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Karma At Its Best

Here are two true life stories that illustrate Karma working….

There was just a segment on the news that I thought was worth sharing. There was a car chase in Minnesota in which the pursued thought he could escape the police by jumping out of his car. He started running and ran to the nearest building. The building happened to be the City Hall. All the doors were locked except for one.

In a hurry, he opened the door and ran inside. Instead of finding solace, he was surprised to find out what the door led to. It was the Police Station.
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On a more personal note, this reminds me of something that happened when I was growing up. My dad worked at the County hospital, where the parking lot was very large. After parking his car in the lot one day, he went out after work to get ready for his drive home. His car was gone.

Someone stole his car. Out of all the cars in that full parking lot, something enticed the creep to steal my dad’s old time, rather beat up station wagon. (This is back when station wagons were still made).

My dad hitched a ride home with one of his friends. Later in the day, while our family was sitting around the dinner table, we received a call from a nearby Police Department.

The caller informed us that they had located my dad’s car. The tank was on “E”. The creep that stole my dad’s car drove it until it ran out of gas.

It ran out of gas directly in front of the Police Station.

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Paying Cold Weather Respects & TKR

Hello everyone! Hope you are all getting the 2015 year off to a great start. If this day finds you living in a colder climate geographical area, kudos to you! This is especially true for those of us living with a tkr. For those of you never living in a colder climate area, here are some reasons these people deserve extra credit:

It requires extra planning. Instead of simply throwing on a single layer of clothing, venturers must consider how to properly bundle up to fend off the cold. It involves covering all parts of the body in a manner that ensures warmth and protection. Heads, necks, abdomen, hands, legs, and feet need warmth.

It requires forethought. Will one drive or walk to the desired location? If driving, it involves cleaning snowfall and/or ice off a private vehicle. It involves warming up the engine prior to mobilizing the vehicle.

If walking to a desired location, it involves testing out the walking path prior to venturing out. That means taking a look at the sidewalks. Are they salted, sanded, and/or cleared of potential walking hazards? If not, is one able to safely walk on the surfaces? It involves wearing proper footwear, including shoes and socks, to ensure warmness and protection.

And..it involves not listening to the news…or taking the information lightly. I am thinking in particular about last night’s news. The temperatures were getting into the single digits for oncoming days. This segment I am thinking about discussed how cold temperatures negatively affect health.

That is a well-known fact, but the way the information was presented was pure fear mongering. It is wise to take this information into consideration, but how many people will use this scare tactic to talk themselves into getting sick? It will happen.

The key to success is being prepared on all levels. If cold temperatures abound, make certain to do the best possible with what is available. For me, it means wearing a knit cap and scarf at all times. To say I have a love affair going with those two items is an understatement. 🙂

So, the next time you meet someone from a cold climate region, congratulate them! These hearty souls deserve a trophy with their name engraved on it. Kudos to cold weather souls!

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How To Lose Weight By Eating Fewer Processed Foods

Someone recently told me that they didn’t know how to lose weight. My response: “Stop eating processed foods.” Plain and simply, this is the perfect solution to a weight loss dilemma. Let me explain further how to lose weight by eating fewer processed foods…

Processed foods are defined as any food that has been changed from its natural state. These foods provide a convenience factor that can be hard to beat in our fast-paced society. Beware, though. These dangerous foods can easily put on the pounds.

These foods are calorie-dense, making them extremely dangerous for any weight conscious person. Being calorie-dense means they contain more calories per serving than unprocessed foods.

You can start gaining weight without realizing it. You may be eating smaller amounts of food, but consuming more calories.

  • Packaging is another dangerous side of processed foods. Products may contain unsubstantiated health claims. Important details may be hard to decipher. Containers, in particular, can be very misleading.

It is quite easy to believe that a serving size is the entire container, when in fact, it is only one-half the container size. This can easily lead to excessive calorie consumption.

* High fructose corn syrup. Processed foods usually contain high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is linked to obesity. Even in foods that are not sweet, this ingredient can be used by manufacturers to increase bulk. It is found in foods such as bread, ketchup, bottled and canned pasta sauces, boxed puddings and a variety of other prepared foods.

High fructose corn syrup is especially harmful if you are trying to lose weight, since upon ingestion, it turns to fat. Unlike real sugar which fills you up, this additive has a reputation for not satiating the appetite. It fools your body into believing you need to eat more.

  • Eat out less. You can lower your consumption of processed foods by eating out less. Eateries can be extremely dangerous places for people trying to lose weight. Portion sizes are huge, which makes overeating too easy. Even if a menu item is listed as healthy, you do not know how it is prepared or what is added into the final product.

Eateries are notorious for using a variety of commercially-prepared bases and mixes that contain added sugars, fats, additives and other items. These can play havoc on any weight loss program.

The key to losing weight is having control over your food. This does not happen when eating out. To best avoid processed foods, order fresh foods without sauces, gravies and cream-bases.

Instead, lower your calorie consumption by choosing salsas, fresh fruit compotes and have all condiments served on the side. Make certain your meals are made with the freshest of ingredients.

  • Avoid products made with refined flour. White flour, sometimes known as refined or enriched wheat flour, is a common ingredient in processed foods.

Read the ingredient label on commercially prepared breads, crackers, cookies and baked items, boxed cereals, boxed cake mixes or other foods that are mass-manufactured.

White flour is a processed food. White flour results from the processing of whole grain into a powdery substance void of any substantive nutrients.

Consuming products made with refined white flour can be especially harmful if you are trying to lose weight since the foods contain zero fiber, making it too easy to consume larger quantities. This packs on the calories.

* Zero fiber. Since refined flour has all the fiber removed, you will not receive that health benefit. The flour is especially dangerous since it is quickly digested, resulting in quick and easy weight gain.

You will feel like you need to eat more, instead of less. It is a studied fact that processed foods promote binge eating.

* In comparison, the natural fiber found in whole grains provides you with a low-calorie appetite suppressant that fills you up. There are no side effects, either.

The fiber is slowly digested by your body. This results in your appetite being quenched. You feel satisfied after eating whole grain foods.

  • Retrain your mind. Lose weight by retraining your mind and changing your buying habits. Eating less processed foods is easier than you may think. It just takes self-discipline, knowledge, and time.
  • When in a grocery store, buy your food from the store’s perimeter. This is where the produce, meats and seafood, dairy and other natural foods will be found.
  • Visit your farmer’s market and buy fresh foods. Talk to the farmers who grow the foods, the food’s source, to learn about your food.

Learning about your food source is exciting, educating, and empowering.

  • Realize food industry porn. Become a better informed consumer by realizing that the food industry is deceptive. Do not fall for their claims about processed foods being healthy for you.
  • Some of those claims are completely unsubstantiated. Always remember that the industry spends millions of advertising dollars to sway consumer eating habits. Profits are the final answer, not health.

Getting back to the basics by eating fresh foods cooked in a healthy manner, exercising regularly and developing lifelong healthy habits will help you lose weight and keep it off.

Hope this helps others dealing with a weight loss dilemma.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Announcing New Release of Popular “Dealing With Insomnia” Book in Large Print

Hi my favorite readers! I am pleased to announce the re-release of my “Dealing With Insomnia After A Total Knee Replacement” book in new formats. For those with vision concerns, you can now purchase my book in large print and read it on your Kindle.

The book is also available for sale through Amazon’s Whispernet format, meaning you can listen to it instead of reading it. It’s text-to-speech technology, at its best.

Anyways…you can visit my Books page for more information. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find a link to click on. That will take you to my Amazon store, where you can purchase the book. To make things easy…you can also just click on this link:

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This healthline.com award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Remembering A Hip Replacement

Hi my favorite readers! While reading through Internet website listings, I came upon ads for hip replacement. It brought back memories of working in orthopaedics and seeing a video of this surgery. I thought it would be interesting to share…

You are probably familiar with cooking a whole chicken. You might need to debone the chicken in order to get the meaty part of things. Think about …oh, this is not going to sound appetizing..the time you needed to pop the thigh joint out of the chicken’s body. That’s what a hip replacement is like on a human.

Picture the person laying in a supine position. That means the patient is face up, on his or her back. An incision is made so the femur bone becomes visible. The surgeon grabs a hold of the thigh and gently ‘pops’ the femur out of the hip bone socket. I know that has a technical term, I just cannot think of it as this time.

This viewing was definitely something to behold. Overall, it was very interesting. It also turned me off to deboning chickens or other animals for the rest of my life. Ewww…

More power to the surgeons. There’s a reason they do what they do. It’s a skill and gift that others do not possess.

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Gulf Declaration

Please join me in signing the Gulf Declaration to end oil dependence…
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