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Back & Neck

The spine runs from the back of the neck to the lower back and can be painful and stiff from problems such as arthritis and muscle stress.

Shoulders

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Shoulders are prone to arthritis injury and fracture.

Elbows

Elbows can be affected by arthritis and repetitive use that can mean ongoing pain and stiffness.

Hips

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Arthritis and osteoporosis can mean pain, stiffness or fracture.

Wrists, Hands & Fingers

Wrist, hand and finger joints are among the most important joints for performing daily activities.

Knees

The largest joints in the body, like the knees, are vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Ankles

The ankle is a complex joint with many moving parts, making it vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Foot, Heel & Toe

As the foundation of the body, feet bear the brunt of the weight. Arthritis and impact-related injuries are common in feet.

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Standing Back Leg Lift

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PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall or counter) while doing this exercise.

PRECAUTION: If you have had recent joint surgery, then check with your doctor before doing this exercise.

  • Hold onto a counter, table, railing or wall for support.
  • Stand straight and lift your right foot back (keeping your ankle bent) until your right toes are on the floor, then bring your foot forward again.
  • Keep your right leg straight as you move it back and forth.
  • Stand straight and don’t lean forward, so the motion comes from your hip and you feel the muscles tightening in your buttocks.
  • Return only your toes to the floor between repetitions.
  • Repeat with your left foot.
  • Repeat 5 times on each side to start, increasing to no more than 30 times on each side.

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