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

Repeat exercises 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

Knee (independent) exercises

Resisted knee extension

Aim: To strengthen your thigh muscles.

Instructions: Place resistance band just above your ankles of both legs. Position yourself in sitting in a chair, thighs supported and feet on the floor. Slide one foot backwards and keep it flat on the floor. Tighten the muscles in your opposite thigh and straighten that knee. Return to the starting position slowly.

Do 20 repetitions

Resisted knee flexion

Aim: To strengthen the muscles in the back of your knee.

Instructions: Tie resistance band to a fixed structure in front of you and place band around your ankle. Starting with your knee straight, bend the knee to 90 degrees and return slowly.

Do 20 repetitions

Ref: K21

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