Last week we posted some hip exercises called the “Monster Walks” which were some great exercises you can do
right in your treatment room with a simple exercise band to help with balance and general exercises for the hips.
This week we’re going to add to those movements with some extra focus on lateral movements to help with
abduction and adduction.
Let’s start with just some simple lateral movements that will work the hip really well for abduction/adduction.
Once those more static movements get easier for your patients we can ramp up the intensity a little
by providing some more variability to the movement.
Now we’re going to increase that variability by adding some forward and backward walking movements.
- Make sure your patient is part of the decision-making process for when to progress the exercises.
- Use the least amount of resistance to start and then add more when the person you’re helping is ready.
- If you’re giving this as homecare make sure they can give you a good explanation of what they’re supposed to do.
- Find ways to make this fun and incorporate it into things they already enjoy doing.
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