Medical Pedal FAQ
Medical pedal FAQ or frequently asked questions give insight into medical pedal exercisers, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use medical pedal FAQ with medical pedal buyers guide to help find the best exerciser.
Q. What are Medical Pedal Exercisers?
A. Above all, the medical pedal is used for physical therapy of the arms, elbows, shoulders, legs, knees following surgery or injury. In fact, medical pedals provide a gentle low impact exercise for toning muscles during physiotherapy.
Most noteworthy, these pedals are not designed for regular or heavy workouts. Consequently, medical pedals have the following design features:
First, the exerciser provides low resistance.
Also, the exerciser is lightweight.
Moreover, the pedals move forward and backwards.
In addition, the exerciser exercises both legs and arms.
Finally, they are easy to move.
Q. Why are Medical Pedals Helpful?
A. Most of all, the medical exercise pedals help you in the following ways.
First and foremost, the medical exercise pedal improves mobility.
Next, it improves blood circulation.
Also, it strengthens legs and arms. For example, by exercising hips flexors, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. Also, exercising biceps, triceps, and forearms.
In addition, it is used for physical therapy of legs, arms, knees, and shoulders.
Furthermore, it is used for knee or shoulder rehabilitation following surgery or injury.
In addition, it improves joint flexibility of shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
Also, the medical exercise pedal prevents muscle rigidity during rehabilitation of the elderly.
And, it is used for body rehabilitation – activate stiff legs and arms.
Finally, the medical exercise pedal provides gentle low impact exercise for muscle toning during physiotherapy.
Q. How are Medical Pedals Used?
A. Medical pedals are used in the following ways.
The Wrong Way
First and foremost, a medical exercise pedal shouldn’t be used like a recumbent bike. Most noteworthy, when you use a recumbent bike, because the seat is somewhat away from the pedals, you end up pushing the pedals forward. So, if you do this with the medical exercise pedal too far away from your chair, the medical exercise pedal will either slide or tilt forward.
The Correct Way
Therefore, keep the medical exercise pedal closer to the chair. And, don’t start pedaling until the pedal arm is in the 1 o’clock position. At that time, push the pedals downward towards the floor. And, make sure your toes are pointing forward not upwards. Consequently, you can pedal downward even when you are sitting on a low chair or couch. Moreover, when you are sitting in a low chair or couch, you work both the quads and the hamstrings.
Also, by starting at very little resistance you can learn the correct way to pedal. Most of all, focus on pedaling downwards. In addition, pedal for at least 15 minutes at very little resistance. Next, increase the resistance a little and pedal for another 15 minutes. And, repeat this sequence until you reach a resistance where you are comfortable pedaling.
Lower Body Workout
First, place medical exercise pedal underneath your desk, or on the floor in front of a couch or chair. And do 20 minutes of pedaling with no resistance. Next, increase resistance and do another 20 minutes. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.
First, place medical exercise pedal on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, changing the resistance to make it somewhat of an effort. And do this for 15 minutes. Next, change direction and rotate pedals backwards for another 15 minutes. Repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.
Stretch Arm Muscles
Firstly, to stretch arm muscles, put elbow on the table with your arm bent, while keeping the other arm free. Secondly, position the top of your hand so that it is touching the pedal and grasp the pedals with fingers. Thirdly, starting with no resistance, slowly push down on the pedal. Next, pull the pedal back up. And, repeat with the other arm. Next, increase resistance and repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.
Strengthen Upper Body Muscles
First, place medical exercise pedal on a table with rubber mat. Next, grab pedals by the hands and rotate them forward, starting at zero resistance And, do this for 10 minutes. Next, gradually increase time and resistance. And, repeat sequence, as necessary, to complete workout.
Most of all, you can use the medical exercise pedal to increase flexibility of muscles surrounding your injured knee. Firstly, sit in a firm but comfortable chair to stabilize your back. Secondly, place the medical exercise pedal in front of you. Thirdly, place your feet on the pedals and slowly pedal with zero resistance. Next, gradually increase time and resistance and repeat, as necessary, to complete workout.
Stretching Injured Knee
Finally, the medical exercise pedal can be used as a stretching machine. Firstly, slide feet of the leg with injured knee in the pedal next to the floor. Secondly, rotate pedal to the highest height using the leg with injured knee. And hold that position. Next, gently push pedal back down and pull back up. And, repeat this sequence for 5 cycles.
Q. How do Medical Pedals Compare with Other Desk Exercise Machines?
A. First and foremost, medical exercise pedal provide a circular motion to the lower legs and hence more circular movement to the knees. In addition, medical exercise pedal exercises glutes, quads, hamstrings, and to a lesser extent the calves.
Meanwhile, the stepping action of sitting steppers, listed below, requires pushing down on the pedals against hydraulic resistance. As a result, there is greater stress on the knees. But a better lower leg muscle workout, especially of the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.
Finally, under desk elliptical machines, also listed below, produces a walking action swinging the lower legs back and forth. Consequently, the joints relax during the exercise. In addition, the under desk elliptical machines don’t put too much stress on the legs.