How do I do passive range-of-motion exercises?
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How do I do passive range-of-motion exercises?

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Because passive range-of-motion exercises require you to move the body of another person, always clearly communicate to the other person what is going to take place. These exercises keep the other person's joints flexible.

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  1. Perform the exercises daily

    Stick to a schedule with the person receiving the exercises so he gets an opportunity for moving his joints daily. Doing this ensures that any flexibility gained from a day's exercises remains and is built upon.

  2. Do the exercises in any order

    Perform the exercises consistently, but they do not need to be performed the same order. Vary the time of day in which the exercises are performed.

  3. Move the exerciser slowly

    Avoid any fast or jerky movements when performing passive range-of-motion exercises. The joints worked with are often weak or damaged. An intense workout could cause more damage.

  4. Move joints until resistance is felt

    Push and pull as needed even if some discomfort is felt. Make sure that you don't push the exerciser so hard that it hurts. Help the exerciser hold the position of discomfort for a few seconds, then return him to his resting position.

  5. Use both sides

    Do the exercises on both sides of the body to ensure the exerciser gets a balanced workout.

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