I have created a piece of equipment, called the Leg-PAC, www.leg-pac.com
. This equipment is great for patients who are having difficulty with sit to stand, and with ambulation. I find that the hip extensors are often weak, and that exercising the hip extensors and the quads invariably leads to progress with transfers and gait. I use this equipment to prepare the patient for higher level mat work, such as high kneel, one-half kneel etc... I also use this equipment for patients who cannot do mat work do to "bad knees", very painful shoulders which preclude mat work, etc.... The Leg-PAC is more stable than an exercise ball, and can be used in the hospital bed, for exercise. I even use it in the ICU, for patients who have been on prolonged bedrest and are unable to transfer or ambulate well.