One of the hardest things to manage is getting back into the groove of performing physical activities after you have gone through a major surgery. A lot of people assume it is the surgery that is the most troublesome thing that you will have to go through. And while surgery is never a walk in the park, qualified doctors should not have a problem completing a total knee replacement. What a lot of people struggle with is the period where they have to go from lying in a hospital bed to resuming physical activity – especially at an older age.
Yoga is a great help with this process. Many experts and physical therapists will recommend yoga as a fantastic way to improve flexibility and get back into the groove of exploring your full range of motion. Here are four yoga poses that will help a lot if you have recently gone through a total knee replacement.
When it comes to using yoga as recovery from a total knee replacement surgery, remember that it is not just the knee that you are attempting to strengthen. You will also need to work on your hips, ankles and thighs to ensure the entire leg area is strong and flexible.
When dealing with the hip and upper leg areas, yoga poses such as the Tadasana are very useful. The Tadasana is also called the mountain pose, and the goal is to help align your spine, balance weight evenly on each side, and ensure that your hips and upper legs can handle the full weight of your body.
The Uttanasana is a more complicated pose, which requires you to bend forward while standing. The bend is done as narrowly as possible, with your stomach and upper body being in contact with your thighs and knees. The bend is completed when you can touch the back of your feet with your hands, and your head is nestled in the area between your knees and feet.
This pose is a fantastic way to wake up your hamstrings and give you confidence in your full range of motion.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana
The Adho Mukha Svanasana, or downward-facing dog, is a pose where you are working on major areas of your body such as the shoulders, hamstrings, arches, hands and calves. The downward dog will put pressure on your knees too – and that is why it is so important. The pose is completed when you have managed to create an “upside down V” shape with your body, with your legs and arms on the floor and your buttocks sticking out as the highest point of your body.
If you are not sure whether your body can handle the downward dog, we recommend that you speak with a NYC knee doctor first. In fact, it is always a good idea to clear any potential yoga activities with your doctor, as they will have the best idea about the current condition of your knees.
The tree pose, or Vrkasana, is an excellent way to improve the strength of your thighs and ankles – and it is also a terrific exercise for improving balance. The pose is completed by taking one leg and lifting up your right foot so that it is resting on the side of your left leg – in the area between your groin and knee. Then you can repeat the tree pose with your other foot.