Physical Therapy Techniques for Leg Strengthening

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Techniques for strengthening legs focus on the three planes of movement, which are front to back, side to side and rotational. Practice these exercises to strengthen the legs with expert advice from a trained physical therapist in this free video on techniques for leg strengthening.

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Hi my name is Patrick McCarthy. I'm a doctor of physical therapy here at Wilmington Orthopedic Group. One thing I would like to talk to you today is about techniques for leg strengthening. A lot of times leg strengthening is done in a gym or just at your home. A couple of good ways that you can do it at home is one exercise that I'll kind of show you here today. One thing that you want to do is make sure that you train in three different planes of movement, front to back, side to side and rotational. There is a physical therapist, Gary Gray that he has kind of outlined this whole plan for but really we move in all different planes of motion so you want to make sure that you train that way. The first exercise I'm going to show you is a simple lower extremity reach. You can do this at home with any three objects. I'm using little balls here that I have placed on the floor but you can use magazines, catalogs, socks, dog toys. One thing you want to do is just make sure that you do a single leg squat, I'm just tapping and then tapping lateral and then squatting and tapping with the rotation. So all three motions and this is a good way to help strengthen your quadriceps, ankle muscles and foot intrinsics if you're doing it barefoot at home and that's one quick way to help with leg strengthening.

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