Modifications

— Instead of moving through the full range, the change of direction can be used to emphasize a particular range of the motion. - Start the reversal from flexion to extension before reaching the end of the flexion motion. You may reverse again before reaching the end of the extension motion:

D Fig. 3.3. Dynamic Reversal of the leg diagonal: flexion-adduction with knee flexion into extension-abduction with knee extension. a Resisting flexion adduction. b Distal grip changed and motion into extension-abduction started. c Resisting extension abduction

The speed used in one or both directions can be varied.

The technique can begin with small motions in each direction, increasing the range of motion as the patient's skill increases.

The range of motion can be decreased in each direction until the patient is stabilized in both directions.

The patient can be instructed to hold his or her position or stabilize at any point in the range of motion or at the end of the range. This can be done before and after reversing direction.

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