How To Increase Awareness

Hi everyone. Many of you have contacted me asking how you can best share the news about this site with others who may need it. Here are a following suggestions for how to increase awareness. And..thanks!

* Submit this site to your social media groups.

* Mention this site in your visits to other total knee replacement online sites. If you visit other knee forums, it provides a great opportunity to share the word about how this site has been helpful to you or one of your friends.

* Mention it to your offline friends, relatives and others you know who may find the information useful for their particular situation.

* You can also place a link to my site on your blog, website or other online content.
Copy and paste this text:
https://www.booktoots.com

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP IN TAKING STEPS ON HOW TO INCREASE AWARENESS!

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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.







Easy Exercises for Arthritic Knees

Hi everyone. While browsing the Internet recently, I came upon an informative and illustrative article about easy exercises for arthritic knees. It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when in pain, but it does help you out in many ways.

For the records, I do many of these exercises to this day – even years after my tkr (total knee replacement). They are helping my “good” knee while keeping my tkr knee in shape. 🙂

Click on the below link to be taken to the article found on Healthline.com:

Easy Exercises for Knee Arthritis

Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

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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.







How To Use Ankle Weights During Your TKR Recuperation

Hi everyone. Many of you have contacted me about how to use ankle weights during your tkr recuperation. The two go together like apple pie and ice cream. Here are a some of the most beneficial exercises that helped me during my total knee replacement recuperation period. I still do them years after my tkr, fyi.

1) A simple way to get some flexibility back into the knee, is to securely wrap one of your 2-5-pound ankle weights around your tkr-side ankle. Start walking. Just by walking around, it helps stretch and strengthen your hamstring. The stronger your hamstring, the more secure your bionic knee becomes.

2) Do a knee extension. Start by sitting in a chair with your feet on the floor. Place one of your ankle weights around your tkr-side ankle. Slowly and gently lift your foot from the floor and begin straightening your knee. Be sure to keep your toes pointed toward the ceiling. Hold for five seconds, if possible. Slowly return to original position.

3) If you are like me, your tkr knee will be bent after your total knee replacement. Here is a wonderful maneuver that I used to help straighten my leg: Sit in a firm chair. Lift the heel of your tkr leg onto another chair.

The back of your knee will be unsupported. Then, put one of your ankle weights on top of your bionic knee. Be sure to start out with a lighter weight for safety purposes. Stay like this for at least 5 minutes. It will hurt…

Keep working at your tkr recuperation. It is a long and arduous process, but it will come…..:)

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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.

The 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.







Rated One of the Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2017

Hi everyone. I am proud to announce that this blog has been rated one of the Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2017 by Healthline.com. I am humbled and honored. This accomplishment would not be possible without the support of you, my readers. Thank you!

Some of you voted for my site. Others willingly leave comments to share experiences, show support, and/or join the community in other ways. However you got involved, you played a part. 🙂

For more information about this accomplishment and others who received this recognition, kindly click on this link:

Best TKR Blogs of 2017

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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.







Why It Is Important To Make Exercise A Priority..

Hi everyone! We probably all have days when we do not feel like exercising. It seems like a hassle, takes too much time, etc., etc., Here’s a piece of news that can make exercising seem less daunting….I believe it’s all based on aversive training….

Envision yourself in the hospital due to inactivity. That doesn’t seem like fun, does it? Picture yourself hooked up to a breathing device where you cannot talk, even if you wanted to.

Imagine yourself having one medical test after another, being poked with needles so many times you dread even seeing the medical professional.

Imagine yourself lacking so much energy, it takes everything to simply blink your eyes (it does happen..).

Picture an IV in your arm. Whether it is for nourishment or medication, this IV is playing an essential role in restoring/assisting your health.

Imagine having to urinate through a catheter for any reason associated with poor health. This catheter needs to be changed, cleaned/sanitized, and reinserted. It’s an arduous, time-consuming process that takes a toll on anyone’s nerves and confidence.

Imagine yourself being put on a very restricted diet to bring your weight back in line. Weight gain is far too common when exercise does not play a key role in your lifestyle.

Or…picture yourself being given so many medications you cannot possibly start your day without popping pills.

How does all that sound? It’s very negative. That’s the purpose of this article. But, believe me. It does happen. Your body requires exercise to operate properly, and, it’s simply amazing to hear how many people believe exercise is too time consuming…or whatever the excuse. And, the longer you go without exercising to maintain your body in decent condition, the more situations negatively accumulate.

Of course, there will be a day or two when it is okay to just sit back and let your muscles recuperate from a previous workout. There is nothing harmful about taking small breaks.

Get out and exercise. Stop making excuses. Find an enjoyable way to do it. Choose from a number of activities to lower boredom levels.
* Do some isometrics while watching television. How easy is that??!!
* Take a gentle yoga class for mild, yet effective, stretching.
* Lift some milk gallons filled with water, as a dumb bell alternative.
* Find a friend to exercise with, join a class, go to your local pool, buy an exercise video or Wii Fit (I think that’s what it’s called…).

No matter what the method is..

...EXERCISE. It’s fun!!

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Do These TKR & Ankle Strengthening Exercises

Hi everyone! Recently I have been experiencing ankle pain after walking. A bummer, but I can live with it. My ankle muscles need strengthening. I find my ankle turning sideways more often than not. Not good. And, I know that exercise is a natural pain reliever, so I started doing research into ankle exercises and came upon some that I wanted to share with everyone. This exercise has been working great for me, so it may also work for you. The exercise involves isometrics, using your own body weight for muscle strengthening purposes.

Stand up and place the inside of your foot against a firm surface such as a cushioned sofa, chair or doorway. Place your foot so that the cushioned part of your foot touches the surface. (The portion alongside your big toe)

Press your foot against the surface. Hold this tension for 10 seconds. Feel the muscles going from your ankle all the way to the top of your thigh work. It feels GREAT!!! Anyways, release the tension. Relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise five times.

Of course, this exercise may not be for your individual situation. So, use it at your own risk. Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise, just to be safe.

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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. The 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.






Yoga as TKR Recuperation

Hi my favorite readers! Yoga has become mainstream as being the ideal way to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. There is something particularly interesting about this ancient practice, however. It seems that the more we learn about yoga, the more we realize how intertwined it is into a variety of life’s areas. I am speaking about calisthenics and tkr recuperation, for this article’s purpose.

Look at any of the calisthenic stretching exercises and you will find a common yoga thread. Some of the yoga positions may be altered, but the basics are there. It’s quite interesting, actually. Of course, all exercises have standardized Western names to fit them in more perfectly with the culture. Go online to any reputable yoga site. Yoga Journal comes to mind. Find a list of postures. Then, go online to any fitness site and check out the flexibility exercises. Compare the two and find the similarities. If you do not want to go online, simply pick up a hard copy of your favorite yoga or fitness-oriented publication.

Case in point: While recuperating from a tkr, or total knee replacement, a common exercise concentrates on stretching out your hamstring. As you probably know, this is the muscle that runs along the backside of your knee. It plays a crucial role in properly supporting your knee.

One particular exercise is known as a wall slide. The wall slide involves laying on your back and placing your tkr leg on the wall. To stretch your hamstring, you need to place as much of your leg as possible against the wall.

As it turns out, this same position is titled a “Supported Inversion” in yoga. This posture is currently being promoted as one of many postures that can help you get a sound night’s sleep. Go figure.

Life is intertwined, isn’t it?

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How To Turn Car Washing into TKR Exercise

Washing your own car not only saves money, but can provide an all-body workout. Just try washing your own by hand and tell me it’s not a good cardio workout. 🙂 And, there are ways to improvise to get more tkr (total knee replacement) exercise. Try these…

While stretching and reaching to wash the roof and hood area of your car, gently straighten your tkr leg. This helps stretch out your entire back and leg area.

While bending down to wash the lower parts of your car, gently straighten your knee until you feel a mild stretch along the backside of your knee. There, you’re stretching your hamstrings without doing much different.

While cleaning the inside of your car, gently bend your good knee and place it on your seat. Keep your tkr knee straight and start cleaning your car’s interior…wiping down the dash, console area, door rests, etc. The farther you stretch, the more the backside of your leg, arms and back will stretch. Just be certain you don’t stretch so far that you harm yourself. Common sense, but worth repeating.

Well, those are some ways I wanted to share about how to naturally stretch out your tkr leg. Remember, though, these maneuvers may not be possible until you have enough flexibility and strength in your tkr leg. I, personally, couldn’t wash my car without excessive pain for a solid six months after my surgery. You may be different, since everyone varies.

Do you have any experiences you want to share in exercising your tkr leg?

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Eating for Respiratory Health

Hi my favorite readers. We all know how important eating a proper diet is towards functioning at optimum levels. I just posted an article about eating to nourish the respiratory system on my natural living blog.

For more information, kindly click on Marie’s Flute…located under my blogs. It’s located in the lower right-hand sidebar of this page.

Good luck and thanks!

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Seeking Guest Blogger

Hi my favorite readers!

I am seeking a guest blogger who has a strong health-related background. Assignments average 300 words, frequency varies. By including your blog link at the end of your post, you will receive priceless publicity.

Take the first step by sending me two writing samples and a link to your blog.

Send to:
booktoots35@gmail.com

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

Marie (aka Booktoots)

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