Hi everyone. Strengthening the hamstrings (muscles along knee backside) is important for everyone, especially us tkr (total knee replacement) recipients. I found another way to exercise this muscle recently and thought I would share. Please remember, I started doing this maneuver three years post-tkr, so don’t try this if you are new to the tkr recuperation stage. How to use recliners for tkr hamstring exercise.
Use a recliner that requires manually pushing the foot portion down while returning to the upright position is needed. No knobs allowed. Only muscle power.
Instead of using your good knee/leg to push the section down, use your tkr leg. Push on the extended segment with your ankle and calf. You are bound to feel your hamstring muscle working. In my beginning stagec, I could not completely return the chair to its upright original position. I could, however, apply enough pressure to work my muscle. Your situation may differ.
Try this and see if it works. You may be surprised how weak your hamstring still is (as in my case). I could barely even make a dent on my original attempt. Yikes..With time and practice, however, my hamstring was strong enough to reach this goal. The goal being to return the chair to its upright position using only my tkr leg.
Take it easy while doing this maneuver and don’t blame me if anything goes wrong. (disclaimer here..)
Good luck! Hope this total knee replacement blog post about how to use recliners for tkr hamstring exercise helps others going through the same thing.
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