Major surgery can result in a significant reduction in quality of life and induce functional decline and pain. Prehabilitation is the process of enhancing physical functionality to allow for an individual to preserve the regular level of functioning prior to surgery. A well-designed prehabilitation program will lessen the amount of time spent in rehabilitation and may include a combination of aerobic exercises, strength training and functional exercise to fit individual needs. Along with physical conditioning, a well-rounded prehabilitation program will encompass other intervention processes including nutritional counselling and anxiety reduction.
Prior to surgery undertaking a prehabilitation program supervised by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) will be very beneficial in reducing any complications post-surgery. Studies have shown a prehabilitation program accumulating a total of more than 500 minutes can significantly reduce the amount of time spent rehabilitating post-surgery.
Although prehabilitation plays a huge role in the process of surgery, it may also be a concept used to prevent injuries before they occur. Based on the idea of improving strength, flexibility and motor control in the areas susceptible to injuries. Due to some limiting factors in a working environment such as time restraints, this may lead to a break down in body mechanics. A prehabilitation program provides job-specific and task orientated movement patterns to ensure injuries are kept to a minimum.
At Absolute Balance we specialise in injury prevention (prehab) and rehabilitation, our team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists have a diverse set of skills to help design the perfect program to suit you. Regardless if you’re approaching surgery or if you would like to reduce your risk of injuries, please get in contact with us today!
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
B.Sc. Exercise and Rehabilitation, B.Sc. Exercise and Sport Science (AEP,AES) (ESSAM)
Wright, S., Wiechula, R., & McLiesh, P. 2016. The effectiveness of prehabilitation for adults having elective surgery: a systematic review protocol. Journal of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 14(2), 78-92.