Heel slides in supine (ROM)

Heel slides in supine (ROM)

What you should feel?? You may feel a pressure in the knee joint as you get to end of range. This exercise is used for many different purposes in rehab and what you feel will be very personal. Speak to your therapist if you are unsure about what you should be feeling or when you should stop pushing.


  • Laying on your back with your affected knee straight
  • Drag your heel along the floor/bed to bend the knee as far as possible
  • then slowly straighten your knee back to a fully extended position
  • The aim of this exercise is to continue to gently attempt to gain more range
  • by trying to go further each time
  • Continue for the agreed amount of time or reps

Main muscles targeted:

  • Knee joint
  • Hip joint

Main benefits:

This exercise is designed to try and achieve more range of motion predominantly in the knee joint. It is a gentle way of mobilising the joint whilst it is free from load.