Pre-operative Exercises DIEP Reconstruction

  • Position: Lie on your back, knees bent feet on floor, arms by your side.
  • Action: Tighten your stomach muscles, press the small of your back against the floor, hold for 5 seconds, let go.
  • Breathe out whilst tightening and breathe in as you relax.

 

  • Position: Lie on your back, knees bent feet on floor, hands resting on your thighs.
  • Action: Flatten your back, your neck, tighten your tummy muscles, curl your head forwards as you slide your hands towards your knees.
  • Breathe out whilst tightening and breathe in as you relax.

 

  • Position: Lie on your back, knees bent feet on floor, arms across your chest.
  • Action: Tighten your stomach muscles, flatten your back, your neck and lift your head and shoulders off the floor.

 

  • Lie on your back, fingers just behind your ears, elbows out.
  • Tighten your stomach muscles and lift to 30 degrees.
  • Breathe out whilst sitting up, breathe in and relax on the way back down.

 

  • Sit on a stool or fit-ball with wall behind.
  • Cross your arms put your hands on your shoulders.
  • Lean your upper body backwards.
  • Return to upright after your shoulders touch the wall.

 

  • Lie on your back arms by side, knees bent, feet on floor a shoulder width apart.
  • Action: Squeeze your bottom muscles and then lift your bottom up off the floor, hold for 3-5 seconds, slowly lower and relax.
  • Lie on your front, prop yourself up by your elbows, hold position for 30 seconds.