Sunday, January 18, 2009
Chair yoga for broken ankle
I am now a little past 4 weeks postop ORIF left ankle, with another 4 weeks to go of not putting weight on the injured foot. What's a previously physically active person to do, but develop their own chair yoga program! It's actually restful to have both knees on a chair. Using a table as support, I started doing Cat/Cow stretching, Up Dog, Child's pose (surprised at how tight the left quad was), plus leg raises. I figured the left femur could be losing mass by not standing on it, so I spend a lot of time balancing on just the left knee. Camel pose with mini back bend is also possible while kneeling on the chair, as well as some Qi Gong exercises. Getting onto the floor & doing a variety of exercises with legs in the air is also great, helping to tone the abs & stretch out the legs, back & shoulders. It's amazing how tight my back & shoulders had become in just 5 weeks. Just be careful coming up off the floor to not put weight on the foot! I don't think I am hurting my recovery by doing this. Certainly, my mood is better, seeing that I can start to get my body moving other than hobbling on crutches!