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At least three of my current clients have a hip replacement of one or both hips. For those who have a hip or knee replacement, it is very important to stay active, maintain flexibility, and further stimulate blood flow to the hip after surgery. Today more and more people live longer and more have had a hip replacement. Hip replacement is not just for the elderly. But people in their forties and fifties get hip replacements. Some of my clients who have survived terrible car accidents were advised to seek a replacement for the hip.
Modified yoga consists of gentle lunges and poses that help stretch the hip joint and maintain the ligaments and cartilage. This is one of the most important elements for hip replacement after surgery. Blood flow and strains that continue to support flexibility. When the hips get tight; Thigh muscles, quad muscles, buttocks and back can become very tight.
Poses like Downward Dog, also called inverted "V", stretch the thighs, quad muscles, and the glutes. Standing lunges support the ligaments of the hip, and Warrior is another pose that extends and stretches the Achilles tendon to the hip. Another good stretch for the hips is to open the legs in a super-wide posture and lower the hands down between the legs until they are in the middle of the floor. Move slowly back and forth to each foot. This facilitates the opening of the hips. If you can, you can go a little further along the way, but only if you can do it without pain. Place our hands in the middle and place one elbow down and move slowly for about ten seconds to one side and then to the other side. If you press your left elbow down, move to the right for at least ten seconds. If you press the right elbow down, you will move to the left at the same time.
You can also stretch in a modified CHAIR yoga class. It does not have to be a mat class if you can not go up and down. A good option is to swing your hips to the left with your legs up, and then stretch your right leg to the right as if you were jumping to the left. Guide your right palm to point to the right heel and then pass your right arm under your chin past your body to the left side of the chair arm. Extend your arm to the left and then return it to the right heel. After a break, in the same position, you can have both hands on the left arm of the chair and extend your right arm up to the ceiling.
If you are able to stand with your back to the wall, bend one of your knees and bring it into your chest. This stretches the hips in a gentle, effective manner. Bring your chin up to your knees. Let go and put your foot back on the ground safely. Do the other side. When you sit, you can put one foot on the chair, knees in front of your chest, and bring your head down to reach the knee. Let go and switch sides. Place the other foot on the chair, raise the knee and lower the chin to reach the knee.
The great thing about modified yoga classes is that you will find that there are many gentle stretches that you can do to stretch your hips and legs. Changed poses mean that you can use a harness if you are less flexible and recover from a hip joint replacement. Sometimes you can not do too much. Therefore, a belt is helpful to avoid stress. You do not have to do all the exercises and poses. You can do what feels best for your body. It's okay to rest while you recover.
Many patients with hip replacement do not have the same stamina. Everything you do will initially feel like an effort. You have to be patient with yourself. Do not hurry, your recovery. Do what you can, stretch out in a modified yoga class, and gradually your body recovers after the operation and you feel stronger and more agile than before a hip prosthesis. That's right, many people are afraid of a hip prosthesis and it takes a few months for them to fully recover. But many people say that they have no pain and can move better than ever.