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The term “brain surgery” refers to various medical procedures that involve surgically correcting physical abnormalities in the brain. It is concisely explained as “an operation to treat problems in the brain and surrounding structures.” The need for brain surgery can be due to birth defect, disease, injury (such as traumatic brain injury), or other problems. The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It controls all areas of functioning, including thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, breathing, temperature, hunger, and every process that regulates our body. The Cleveland Clinic asserts that “brain surgery aims to treat problems without disrupting these important functions.” Brain surgery is different for each person, and the recovery process from brain surgery will be different for everyone. 

What About Exercising?

Yes, after allowing your brain ample time to heal, engaging in exercise after brain surgery can be beneficial to one’s recovery process. The general rule of thumb is to avoid rigorous activity, including strenuous exercise, for four weeks after brain surgery. The Academy of Neurological Therapy asserts “Exercise has been shown to help improve and prevent many conditions, including weight management, stress levels, emotional regulation/ mood, memory, attention, strength, endurance, balance, flexibility, and blood pressure regulation.” Prior to initiating any type of exercise after brain surgery, it is essential to consult one’s medical team to avoid impeding one’s recovery process. 

The type, frequency, and duration of exercises recommended will be different for everyone, as factors such as the type of brain surgery, the occurrence of any complications during the procedure, as well as the area of the brain that was operated on will all contribute to what is best for the individual. An exercise program for an individual recovering from brain surgery should be customized to address an individual’s specific abilities and needs, while also considering the impact of surgery on one’s physical body and cognition. Depending on the individual’s physical ability, different forms of exercise that could benefit one’s recovery process could include walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, aerobics, yoga, and more. Exercise recommendations will continuously shift as an individual’s endurance increases and new activity goals are established.

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