PRESCRIBED EXERCISES ALLOW PATIENTS TO CONTINUE PREHABILITATION AT HOME.
One of the key components of cancer prehabilitation is an individually-curated exercise programme with a series of 10 exercise videos developed by CGH. Made available through the cancer prehabilitation exercise diary on the SingHealth Health Buddy mobile application, it guides patients on the correct exercise techniques, and empowers them to take charge of their prehabilitation at home.
Based on the exercise prescriptions by the rehabilitation physician, the prehabilitation coordinator customises exercises on patients’ smartphones, to aid them in following these routines and relaxation techniques at home. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to be present during the consultation to provide further reinforcement and supervision to their loved ones. The prehabilitation coordinator also checks in on patients’ progress regularly to ensure that they are adhering to their prescriptions.
The full range of exercises — from which the rehabilitation physician can customise routines for patients — can be found on the Health Buddy app.
Clinical Assistant Professor Kwok Kah Meng, Consultant, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, CGH, demonstrates how to do a cross punch, a composite exercise involving multiple upper limb, lower limb and truncal muscles. Follow the sequence below:
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