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Before you start with these exercises, let the physiotherapist go through them with you to make sure that you do them correctly. Then the therapist can adapt them if necessary.
Your exercises must be done 2-3 times a day.
Stretches and exercises must not cause any pain. If any of the exercises or stretches cause any pain, reduce the intensity. If it still continues to cause pain, stop immediately and contact your therapist.

Loosening exercise

Lie on your back. Loosen your leg muscles by bending and straightening your knee, while your heel glides on the mat (one leg at a time). Repeat 10 times on both sides.
This exercise must be done before and after every exercise session for the following 6 weeks.

(Usually for the first 10 days)


The following is applicable for all the stretches through all 3 the phases.
Maintain each stretch for 30 seconds.
Repeat each stretch twice.
Only a slight strain must be felt, but no pain.
At the end of every stretch, repeat the loosening exercise.

Stretch 1

Lie on your back and bend both knees.
Put both your hands behind your right knee.
Pull your leg towards your chest, and hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds as for all stretches.
A slight pull will be felt over the buttocks area.
Repeat the stretch on the left side.
Remember to keep your neck muscles relaxed while performing the stretch!


Stretch 2

Lie on your back and bend both knees.
Your right shoulder must touch the mat at all times.
Put your left hand on the outside of your right thigh, roll both knees to the left and hold the stretch. Use your left hand to maintain the position of your legs.
You will feel a pull on the right side, but no pain should be felt on the left side.
Repeat on the opposite side; left hand behind your head and rolling your knees to the right. Hold the stretch. Use your right hand to maintain the position of your legs.

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