4 simple TRX Exercises for Arthritis sufferers
If you’ve been to WSPT in the past year, you know that we have a special affection for TRX. Since we discovered suspension training 18 months ago, we’ve incorporated it into all levels of exercise from early stage post-op, to chronic pain, to high intensity interval training. One population that benefits greatly from the unique qualities of suspension training is seniors with arthritis.
TRX can be an effective exercise tool for most body parts. It is safe and effective, even for elderly people with multiple conditions, dysfunctions, and limitations. I have a few exercises that I like to do with deconditioned patients who may be limited in motion and have functional deficits due to weakness.
1. Walk-Outs - this exercise is excellent for increasing shoulder flexion, assisting overhead reach, and engaging abdominal muscles
2. Chest Press - standing in an off-set leg position creates a stable base for a patient to strengthen the pushing muscles of the chest and arms.
3. Rows - this is a basic pulling exercise, but the TRX adds the element of core stabilization when the patient is required to maintain a plank position as they do it.
4. Squats - the suspension straps of the TRX assist a patient who is easing into squatting exercises. A mini-squat can be progressed into a sit-to-stand exercise over time.
The TRX is a fun, safe, and effective piece of rehab equipment.
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