Range of Motion Exercises
The Saratoga exercise machine that we purchased (when utilized as shown in the photo) , allows for a second person to turn the hand grip portion of the machine (that was originally intended to exercise the upper body muscles) , which in turn rotates the patients legs through a full range of motion. We found this to be very helpful when Donna could no longer walk, as it helped her to maintain good circulation in the legs, and she indicated that it made her legs feel much more comfortable. Short periods of 15 to 20 minutes a day were found to be very beneficial. In addition to maintaining good circulation , we are convinced it contributed to her over-all well being, which included keeping the digestive system functioning properly. (Donna did not have any constipation problems despite her inability to move around on her own ).
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