Using a Pedal Exerciser for Arthritis or Rehab
If you're recovering from knee surgery or suffering from the pain caused by knee or hip arthritis you could benefit from the gentle use of a pedal exerciser.
What is a Pedal Exerciser?
A pedal exerciser is a small, lightweight pedal machine used for upper and lower body exercises. They're great for an at-home work out but are particularly useful for use in rehab patients or those with arthritic pain.
How Can a Pedal Exerciser Help with Knee Pain?
Pedal exercisers strengthen and exercise the lower body muscles. By placing the exerciser on the floor and pedalling gently the gluteals, hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves will be engaged (similarly to cycling on a road bike) without impact or antagonising painful joints.
What are the Benefits of Using a Pedal Exerciser?
Physiotherapists recommend the use of at-home exercisers because of the multiple, gentle and effective benefits to the post-operative patient or joint pain sufferers, including:
Rotational movement for those with limited hip or knee range. Less Stress/ Impact on the Knees and Hips. Reduction of Pain Levels. Increasing Cardiovascular Activity.
How often should I use My Pedal Exerciser?
Consultation with your GP or physiotherapist is always recommended, particularly for post-operative patients. For those looking to improve their aerobic conditioning or strengthen muscles, anything up to 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week is recommended.
Since there is no, or very low, impact on the joints while using the pedal exerciser the old motto of 'no pain, no gain' they do not result in pain, do not assume it is not a good workout.
**Be sure to consult your GP or medical professional before beginning any exercise program.**
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