Postoperative Resistance Training

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Dr. Sinatra is a big fan of resistance training, and used this great form of exercise to prepare for hip replacement surgery. He then focused on strengthening his upper body, as he knew he’d need it while using a walker postoperatively for a while.

Dr. Sinatra tells his patients that when engaging in arm motion (like swinging the arms during resistance training), they are massaging their thoracic lymphatic ducts. These lymphatic drainage spots are located in your upper chest, and promoting movement there transfers trapped toxins into the circulation to be cleared.

That’s why he feels that resistance training helps to detoxify the body, another great thing to do preoperatively to be in a state of better health, and postoperatively to clear anesthesia, antibiotics, narcotics, and other drugs you may have needed during your operative course.

In fact, Dr. Sinatra believes that the perks of resistance training is a major reason that music conductors—who use and swing their arms without any real weights attached save their “sticks”—have such an incredible longevity when compared to the rest of us.

Resistance training involves multiple repetitions, but should never include straining. In fact, Dr. Sinatra’s tip-o-the-day when it comes to resistance training is to be sure you are smiling through your resistance-training program. If your face is grimacing, that means you are putting too much of an isometric strain on your cardiovascular system—and you are raising your blood pressure too much!
If you have any heart condition, and want to start a resistance-training program, talk with your cardiologist, or your cardiac rehab specialists if you are in rehab. They can evaluate you and tailor and exercise prescription to your individual needs. It may require an exercise stress test if you haven’t had one in a year or more, but the professional guidance is well worth your time. (Plus, your insurance company should pay for it if you have a cardiac diagnosis.)

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