Using Recliners As A TKR Exercise

Hi everyone. Recently, I had the privilege of communicating with one of my readers who shared some insight into sleeping after a tkr.  It involved using recliners as a tkr exercise.

This just goes to show that everyone is different during their recuperation process. Personally, recliners were far too uncomfortable for me to use during my first six months post-tkr. Even five years after a tkr, some of these furniture pieces are too difficult to use.

Here is the scoop:

Sit upright in the recliner. Put it into the reclining position. Use either a handle or arm strength to perform this maneuver. Whatever the chair requires.

Return the recliner to its upright position. This is where the tkr exercise comes into play.

Do this by applying pressure with your tkr leg. Push your heel and calf into the chair. You’ll definitely feel the backside of your leg working. That is your hamstring muscle(s).

DON’T DO THIS DURING YOUR INITIAL TKR RECUPERATION STAGE. And…when you do it, do it at your own risk. I’m not responsible for any mishaps that may occur.

It works for me because I take my time and have control over the situation. I know myself. It may not work for you.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.
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2 thoughts on “Using Recliners As A TKR Exercise”

  1. Richard Haynes

    Those recliners are good for other things then sleeping aren’t they. I just released a patient in home health that used her recliner precisely how you described it on your post. She was not sure what she was doing or working but, she felt it was working her affected leg.

    I advised her she was incorporating her hamstrings with this exercise and helping to strengthen them during her period of recovery. As always use in moderation maybe one set of 10 repetition’s twice a day.

    As you point out, don’t do them the day you come home from the hospital, wait until you get the Ok from your therapist.

  2. Hi Richard,
    Welcome back! Thanks for leaving your informative and helpful comment. Your professional insight adds credence. 🙂
    Keep in touch and good luck!

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