What is prehabilitation?
Prehabilitation helps you recover from surgery by physically preparing you before it happens. By starting prehabilitation weeks before your surgery date, you will speed recovery, minimize complications, and regain your functionality faster. More and more studies are showing that prehabilitation programs have a huge impact on patient outcomes. Improving your health even the smallest amount will dramatically increase your ability to recover after surgery.
Benefits of a prehabilitation program
- Faster recovery time, which means you’ll be back to your job and normal life sooner.
- Saved medical costs because you’ll lower your risk of complications and further injuries.
- Improved functionality after surgery because you’ll be in better shape going in.
- Less anxiety about your surgery (which can actually delay your recovery).
- More effective rehabilitation (knowing your range of motion and strength before surgery will help you set realistic goals during physical therapy).
1. Pre-surgery consultation
At the beginning of your program, you'll meet with one of our anesthesiologists. They prepare people for surgery every day and are uniquely qualified to get you in the best physical, mental, and nutritional shape. They'll tell you which classes and services will best suit your needs, and they'll help you set goals for the length of your program. (*pre-paid physician fee applied to cost of program with enrollment.)
2. Movement classes
Our instructors tailor their classes to all levels and will meet you where you are. Strength and flexibility are your allies in surgery recovery, and even small gains will make a big difference in your post-surgery functionality. Our Feldenkrais and yoga classes will teach you better posture, body-mind connection, range of motion, balance, and strength. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga! Yoga makes you flexible.
3. Nutrition plan
Going on a nutrition plan is vital to build up your nutrient stores. Surgery depletes you in a big way. If you go in undernourished, it’s difficult to make up this deficit afterward. Good nutrition in the weeks prior is a buffer that will protect you from complications and from losing lean muscle mass.
4. Functional Integration and Bodywork
Everyone has patterns of movement caused by habits, old injuries, pains, and even clothing choices. In a Functional Integration (FI) session, a practitioner observes how you move and helps you make improvements. FI sessions are easy, painless, and highly effective. After just a session or two, you might discover you have greater range of motion and fewer aches and pains. Moving better before surgery will help you regain functionality faster. Other forms of bodywork such as massage may also be recommended.
Better preparation, better outcomes
Surgery is a daunting life event, but participating in a prehabilitation program can help minimize its impact. By making a conscious choice to prepare effectively before your surgery date, you’ll have a better chance of returning to your regular lifestyle quickly.