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Introduction to Standing Exercises

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Exercise is an important part of COVID-19 recovery in order to regain your strength, endurance, flexibility, and ability to fully take part in all aspects of your daily life.

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Introduction to Breathing Exercises

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Breathing exercises are an important part of COVID-19 recovery if your lung function or exercise tolerance was impacted by the virus.

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Supine Absolute Basics – "The Bare Minimum"

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Some of the absolute basic exercises that should be performed if you are bed-bound include ankle pumps, heel slides and rolling from side to side to change position. Doing these exercises regularly several times a day will help from developing blood clots, pressure ulcers or bedsores, and contractures (shortened, tight muscles).

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Supine Belly Breathing

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Stress and illness can affect how we breathe, impacting our digestion, cardiac and pulmonary function, nervous system and overall health. Luckily, we can control how and where we breathe in our bodies to change this.

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Getting Out of Bed (Supine Log Roll)

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The 'log roll' is a simple technique to make it easier to get in and out of bed, and is useful for those who have back pain or decreased balance and strength.

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Categories: Start Here, Seated, Standing, How To, Exercise

This highly practical and functional exercise strengthens the muscles we need to be able to safely get in and out of chairs, stand up from bed and get on and off the toilet.

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Seated Stacked Breathing

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Stacked breathing is a technique to increase the size of the breath you are able take in. It can also improve the strength of your voice and your cough, so you can better clear out the lungs, as well as your lung flexibility.

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Seated Pursed Lip Breathing

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Pursed lip breathing is a technique that makes breathing easier and more effective and can resolve shortness of breath caused by exercise or increased activity.

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Dr. Phillip Mirian

Category: Expert Interviews

Frontline physical therapist Dr. Phillip Mirian speaks about treating COVID-19 patients, and what to do once you are back home.

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Seated Mid & Upper Back Stretch (with a ball)

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This stretch can improve the mobility all along the upper and midback, helping with breathing, posture and resolving mid and upper back pain or stiffness.

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Seated Posture

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Improving posture can make breathing easier, help with back and neck pain, enhance our digestion, reduce heartburn and decrease seated stress incontinence.

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Seated Torso Twist

Categories: Seated, Exercise

Rotation makes our midback more flexible and can decrease stiffness and discomfort in these areas, especially when paired with breathing exercises that further stretch the muscles between the ribcage.

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Seated Tripod Position for Shortness of Breath

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The tripod position helps get more air in the lungs when you are short of breath and may make it easier to breathe, especially when other breath control techniques are used.

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Seated Upper Body Mobility

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Increasing chest and shoulder mobility improves posture, breathing ability, and can help resolve neck, upper back and shoulder pain.

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Standing Posture

Categories: Standing, Exercise

Improving posture can make breathing easier, help with back and neck pain, enhance our digestion and improve pelvic floor function.

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Standing Wall Push Up

Categories: Standing, Exercise

This easier alternative to floor push-ups still strengthens the chest, abdominal, arm and shoulder muscles, making it easier to complete everyday tasks. Increase the angle when you are ready to make it more challenging.

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Supine Bridges

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Strengthening the muscles of the buttocks makes it easier to get out of bed, a chair or off the toilet. It can also make it easier to go up stairs and can help decrease low back pain.

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Supine Lower Trunk Twist

Categories: Supine, Exercise

This twisting exercise stretches any areas of tension at the mid and lower back and even the sidebody and muscles between the ribcage. When done more quickly from side-to-side, it can act as an abdominal strengthening exercise.

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Supine Marching

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This exercise strengthens abdominal and hip muscles as well as helping to stabilize your lower back.

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Supine Neck Mobility & Stretches

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Learn movements and stretches to keep the muscles the neck and upper back flexible, which can help resolve headaches, muscle pain, stiffness, and improve your posture.