Exercises for Children with Neurological Conditions: Lower Limb Strengthening (Other Aerobic Exercises)
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) Paediatric Neurology and Physiotherapy departments share lower limb aerobic exercises for children with neurological conditions.
Strengthening exercises are important to maintain and improve functional strength in the core muscles and the lower limb joints. It also assists with overall circulation and encourages functional mobility.
Safety precautions when exercising
Ensure that you had been taught the recommended exercises by a physiotherapist before carrying them out.
Ensure the child is near a supporting surface or an attentive adult during exercises especially balance activities.
Observe for signs of pain or discomfort – if pain occurs, stop and check in with your physiotherapist before continuing further.
Your Exercise Regime
as recommended by your physiotherapist – check in with your therapist on the recommended number of sets per day
Ensure adequate rest and hydration between sets
Lower limb strengthening exercises (aerobics exercises)
Modified static cycling
Modified static cycling with a harness on the trunk to encourage aerobic activity.
Hydrotherapy with a trained physiotherapist.
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