The following exercises are to help you regain your normal flexibility of the trunk, pelvis and hips after your surgery or radiation treatment. Check with your doctor, nurse or physical therapist before beginning these exercises!
If you are experiencing significant pain, discontinue exercises and notify your doctor or nurse.
If your abdomen, groin or legs become swollen after these exercises, contact your doctor, nurse or physical therapist.
After your surgery, it may take up to 6 months to recover full motion in the abdominal and pelvic region.
The best way to approach these exercises is to work gradually, increasing your motion in small steps.
It may be helpful to do exercises when your muscles are warm, such as after a bath or shower. DO NOT use a heating pad in the abdominal/pelvic area
After surgery or radiation you may have tightness in you abdomen, groin and hip(s). This is normal. Completing these stretches will help to alleviate this tightness.
Exercise in front of a mirror to keep your correct posture and motion.
Be sure to breathe during your exercises. You may not realize that you are holding your breath.
Try to lie on a firm surface when doing the exercises (the floor is preferable to the bed or couch). This will help you stabilize as you stretch.
You will have restrictions with lifting and activity after your surgery. Your doctor will let you know when you may resume your previous activity level.
These exercises are designed to serve as a guide to increase flexibility of the trunk and pelvic region. Start gradually and work up to the recommendations below.
Exercise 1 of 5: Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing
Lie relaxed in the position shown
Place you hands on your abdomen
Breathe in slowly but deeply through your nose keeping the upper chest quiet, and allowing your abdomen to rise.
Slowly breathe our through your mouth
Repeat 10 times, 1-2 times daily
Exercise 2 of 5: Prone Lying
Assume the position shown
If lying propped on your elbows is uncomfortable, lie flat
Hold position for 20 seconds
5 repetitions, 2-3 times daily
Exercise 3 of 5: Lower Trunk Rotation
Lie on back with knees bent and feet together, arms out to the side
Rotate knees to the side until you feel a stretch
Hold 10 seconds
Return to neutral and repeat to opposite side
Hold 10 seconds
10 repetitions, 1-2 times daily
Exercise 4 of 5: Groin Stretch
Lie on back with knees bent and feet together as shown