Useful for:- Stretching hip joints in early arthritis, buttock muscles and sacro-iliac joints.
2) Knee dips:- Stand next to something you can hold onto, if necessary, such as a mantelpiece or banister rail. Raise one foot off the floor so you are standing on one leg. Now, bend the leg you are standing on 10-15 degrees, stop and then slowly straighten. Repeat 5 times and then on the other leg. When you can do this easily on one leg try, it with your eyes shut! Be ready to hold on.
Useful for:- Improving buttock and quadriceps strength. Improving balance and co-ordination.
The self help exercises presented here are offered as examples of what may be of value to patients. Exercises are of most use when they are prescribed in relation to a specific diagnosis and as part of a treatment plan. The number of repetitions and the frequency with which they are carried out will be different for each patient. Andrew Gilmour and Associates suggest that you should visit a properly qualified clinician before embarking on a exercises.