Can Exercise Help in Recovering from Brain Tumour?
Brain tumours can have a significant impact on a person’s life, causing personality changes, memory challenges, seizures, and extreme weakness. In India, about 5 to 10 per 100,000 people suffer from brain tumours, and about 2% of these tumours turn out to be malignant. However, post-treatment, patients can engage in physical activities that can help in the recovery process.
Treatment for brain tumours typically involves a combination of approaches, including surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, tailored to the specific type, size, and location of the tumour. The goal is to remove or shrink the tumour, alleviate symptoms, and prevent its recurrence while preserving brain function.
Here are some physical activities that can help in the recovery process:
Walking, swimming, or cycling are examples of low-impact aerobic activities that can help throughout the recovery from a brain tumour to enhance cardiovascular health and general well-being.
Balance and coordination exercises:
Yoga, tai chi, or certain balance exercises can improve stability and coordination, lowering the risk of falls and enhancing general physical performance.
Mental exercises like puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku, or memory games can assist in stimulating cognitive function, enhancing memory, and improving focus.
Under the direction of a healthcare practitioner, light to moderate strength training exercises can support physical resilience by regaining muscular strength and endurance.
Stretching and flexibility exercises:
During the recovery process after a brain tumour, gentle stretching activities or practices like yoga or Pilates help improve flexibility, ease tension in the muscles, and encourage relaxation.
Mindfulness and meditation:
Meditation and mindfulness practices can help lower stress, promote emotional well-being, sharpen attention, and improve mental clarity—all of which can be helpful during the healing process.
According to Dr. Gajendra Singh Sandhu, Consultant – Neurosurgeon, Manipal Hospital Ghaziabad, “Physical activities can play a crucial role in the recovery process after a brain tumour. Engaging in these activities can help in enhancing cardiovascular health, improving cognitive function, and promoting emotional well-being.”
In conclusion, physical activities can be an effective way to aid in the recovery process after a brain tumour. However, it is essential to consult with a healthcare practitioner before starting any physical activity to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for the patient’s condition.