It's time for the next exercise in my list of exercises that I love. I hope everyone has had a chance to do the first one from last week. The next one is another one for the lower extremity, and works a lot of different muscles at once which is what I like. If you don't have a resistance band to use at home, you can also do it with a cable column machine at the gym. Steamboats
: I’m not sure where this one got its name, but as far as I know, it has always been called this. I love this exercise because it addresses many issues and most of my patients with hip, knee, or ankle problems will do this at some point in their rehab. It’s also great one to give as part of their home program. Basically it is a balance exercise on one leg while the other leg kicks against a resistance band. It can be repeated in multiple directions to address stability and strength in all planes of motion.Secure one end of a theraband to an immovable object. Tie the other end to ankle of UNINVOLVED leg. Balance on the slightly bent INVOLVED leg. Keeping the knee of the uninvolved leg straight, wave it back and forth as fast as possible while maintaining balance on the involved leg. Keep tension on the theraband. Perform a set of “kicks” facing each direction; North, South, East West.