Hip replacement surgery intends to provide relief from pain and loss of hip function related to osteoarthritis. A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure through which the hip joint bone and the diseased connective tissue are replaced with artificial materials. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint where the head of the femur (thigh bone) is a ball and acetabulum (indentation in the pelvis) is the socket.
The head of the femur is removed and replaced with a metal ball during the hip replacement surgery. The metal ball is placed on a stem which is inserted into the femur canal. The socket is then rubbed down to the healthy bone and the socket is placed with bone cement and/or screws.
Can You Do Yoga after a Hip Replacement?
Swayback to yoga after hip replacement surgery is a gradual and progressive process that must be done cautiously. You may need to avoid few positions for some time after the surgery depending on how your replacement surgery was carried out. Moreover, you need to modify other forms and positions to avoid any kind of injury. However, you can go back to practice yoga like before, perhaps with some tweaks.
Some of the yoga postures may be too intense to practice after the return. You must follow the “less is more” aspect while doing stretches and practicing yoga positions after the hip replacement surgery. People tend to push their limits in yoga classes. However, it is not always beneficial to your physical and mental health. The same may lead to increase stress in your mind and body especially after a hip replacement surgery.
You must take a conscious approach after your surgeon clears you after surgery. Be responsively aware of the new limitations you will be going to experience initially. You must know the types of movements that will hinder or enhance the healing process.
Yoga Caution: Exercises to Avoid While Doing Yoga during Recovery
People who go through hip replacement should be careful with putting their hips in extreme motion. Before beginning yoga practice you must talk it through with your orthopedic surgeon about the regimen. Perhaps you limit the activities you do depend on the approach, especially for the initial six weeks.
If you live through posterior hip replacement then you should avoid some poses initially including pigeon-stressed the hip in flexion, seated twist, forward fold, and downward dog. Although an anterior hip replacement has a lower risk of location, however, you must avoid the poses involving the extension of the hip. Avoid or be very careful with a few poses such as triangle, pigeon, crescent lunge, warrior 1, and warrior 2.
Yoga Poses to Help You Recover After Hip Replacement
Few common yoga postures are performed with a variation. Their focus is on the safety and health of the patient after hip replacement surgery. Always consult with your physical therapist and doctor while you commence your yoga practice to progress towards full recuperation.
Standard yet exceptionally effective, this yoga posture helps in practicing alignment throughout the body. Stand on the top of the yoga mat. As you feel comfortable stand with your hip-distance feet apart with toes pointing forward. If needed, you can make adjustments to the posture. You want to create an even distribution of weight across both the body sides and at the same feel both feet touching and connecting the ground.
Roll your shoulders back while keeping your gaze forward. It creates improved posture in your spine. Keep your arms by your side and turn your hands to face forward. This mountain pose enhances the overall upper body posture. Hold the posture for deep and slow 10-20 breathes and allow the body to take in the alignment.
Extended Mountain Pose
After that, you can add a simple pose for the movement. Extend both arms into the air while inhaling fully. Give it a nice stretch, lengthen your spine and feel the stretch through your body sides. Then, lower your arms back down by your side while exhaling.
You can repeat this 5 times. Engage your core body muscles for more stability. Bring your navel inward toward your spine while exhaling to lower arms for activating the muscles of the abdomen. This is known as an abdominal lock. It provides greater support throughout your body.
Half Forward Fold
Perform this pose using a chair back or a wall for support. This posture is known as Half Forwarded Fold. It lengthens your spine, creates a stretch throughout your hamstrings, and releases hips gently without moving beyond 90 degrees angle. While inhaling raise your arms overhead. Slowly fold forward with your hands on a chair or wall, slightly bending your knees while exhaling to come parallel to the floor. Accordingly, adjust yourself so that you can hold the pose for several breaths.
You will experience a lengthening feeling at the back of your legs. Besides, you will observe stretch through the sides of your body as your spine lengthens. As a result, you will have a positive effect on your lower and upper body and minimal impact on your hips.
The tree pose allows gently opening the hips and balance. As the half forwarded fold, use some prop with tree pose as well such as a chair or wall. Start with facing the right side of the prop. Slowly and carefully shift all your weight to your right foot. You may use a wall or chair to stabilize the body. Then, slowly raise your left foot to your right leg. Be conscious of how high you can raise your left foot upward.
However, you can just let your heel touch the inside of the right ankle while your toes still touching the floor. It prevents your leg from behind more than 90 degrees. Hold the pose for a minimum of 5 to 10 breaths and then repeat the posture for the other side.
This pose can positively offer agility and strength on the legs as well as hips. You must start with a mountain post and gradually step your left foot two feet back. Turn it and stretch your leg outward about 45 degrees while keeping the back leg straight. Bend the right knee to less than ninety degrees. Extend the arms over legs keeping them parallel to the ground.
Keep the distance short between the feet to protect your hips from overstretching. Hold the pose for a minimum of 5 to 10 breaths and then practice for the other side.
As compared to other rigorous fitness styles, yoga is a relatively gentle healing method. It is a safe form of exercise for people with artificial hip joints.