Pool Exercises – Lymphoedema Leg

POOL EXERCISES FOR CLIENTS WITH LEG SWELLING

TO BE DONE IN AS DEEP WATER AS COMFORTABLE

* Drink plenty of water before and after the pool exercises.

* Only work within your limits. Do not become short of breath.

* Perform these exercises 2-3 times per week, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

1. Walk forwards. Emphasising the normal arm swing underwater. Repeat 4 times.

2. Walk backwards. Emphasising the normal arm swing underwater. Repeat 4 times.

3. Walk sideways. Emphasising the normal arm swing underwater. Repeat 4 times.

4. As above. With big steps.

5. Walk across pool. On your toes, then back on your heels.

6. Running on spot. Lifting knees up to chest. For 2 minutes.

7. Star jumps. 20 jumps repeat 2 times.

8. Arm exercises with plastic bottles/dumbbells. Lift arms forwards and backwards, out to the side. Always keeping the arms underwater.

9. With 2 pool noodles across the chest.

* Bicycle – legs. For 1 minute.

* Straight legs forwards and back. For 1 minute.

* Straight legs apart and together. For 1 minute.

* Straight legs toes up and down. For 1 minute.

10.Toes on step. Raise onto toes then lower over the edge of the step.

11.Kicking with board.

12.Finish with walking – forwards backwards and sideways.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jacqui Eaton Lymphoedema Physiotherapist on 4975-1622.