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Strengthening Exercises to Get Arms Ready to Walk with Crutches
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EXERCISE SHEET 6
These exercises help make your arms stronger so that you can walk with crutches.
|Sit like this and lift yourself up with your arms.||Go up and down until your arms are so tired you cannot lift yourself another time.|
|It is better to use bricks or books to lift yourself higher.|
|Try to lift yourself with your elbows out, like this,||and not like this.||To practice for using crutches, make ‘handgrips’.|
|Or use a sawed-off crutch.||Or you can do these exercises in your wheelchair.||Weight lifting. Increase the weight little by little as the arms get stronger.|
Do these exercises 3 or 4 times a day. Every day try to lift yourself more times without resting, until you can do it 50 times.