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Leg Pain Relief Exercises, Seated

These leg pain relief exercises are easy to do anywhere. Since they are all done seated, they're great if you aren't ready for standing exercises, or if you just want a simple way to keep your legs moving throughout the day.

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These 9 leg pain relief exercises do a great job of working your leg muscles.

Starting with heel/toe raises, hip flexion, and long arc quads (LAQ) or knee extensions, seated hip abductions, and seated hip external rotations will help get the blood circulating in your legs.

Once those become easy, you can add a resistive band to make it a little more challenging.  Hip flexion and hip abduction rollouts with a band are great for strengthening the legs and hips.  

Finally hip external rotation (ER) and hip internal rotation (IR) with a band are more challenging because they work the smaller hip muscles.

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7 Knee Pain Relief Exercises for Beginners

After a knee injury or knee surgery, or the acute phase, there is often knee pain with movement. These beginner knee pain relief exercises should help get your muscles moving and activating without too much pain.

The first knee pain exercises are isometric exercises. These will help all the muscles around the knee. Quad sets help activate the quadriceps muscles, hamstring sets help activate your hamstring muscles, hip abduction isometrics in hooklying help activate your hip abductors (like your IT band and gluteus medius), and hip adduction isometrics in hooklying help activate your hip adductors (like your groin and adductor muscles).

Seated exercises can also be helpful with knee pain without being painful. Seated heel/toe raises, seated hip flexion, and seated long arc quads (LAQ) or knee extensions should help relieve knee pain.

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5 Pressure Points for Pain Relief

Many people believe pressure points in various parts of the body can be “released” to help relax and give relief to an area including headaches, muscle tension, and even stress and anxiety. This video has some you can try.

Most of the time these pressure points are sensitive to the touch, but you really want to put pressure through the areas to help get them to release the stress in that particular area or a referred area.

There are a many pressure points throughout the body, but the ones that are easiest to get to and give you the most relief, are at the clavicle, two places on the hands, at your temples, and at your scapula where the levator scapulae attaches. These pressure points can relieve stress, headaches, muscles tension, and sometimes even anxiety.

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