Rehabilitation- in Chronic Diseases
Rehabilitation includes exercise, emotional support, and lifestyle changes so as to reduce the risk
of a disease recurring or developing, such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight,
and quitting smoking.
The goals of rehabilitation include establishing a personalized plan that will help you regain your
stamina and strength, preventing your condition from getting worse, reducing the risk of future complications,
improving your health and quality of life.
The free Rehabilitation programs in the Laboratory of Sports Medicine of the Department of
Physical Education and Sports Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki are designed to help
treat patients suffering from heart disease (angina, coronary heart disease or heart disease) or have
had a heart attack. (surgery or angioplasty) or suffer from chronic kidney disease or lung disease or
diabetes or other chronic diseases.
The implementation of these programs is largely based on the support of the Municipality of
Thessaloniki with which since 2000 are signed annual cooperation agreements, are also signed by
other neighboring Municipalities, such as the Municipality of Evosmos.
A multidisciplinary team of trained gymnasts, cardiologists, occupational physiologists,
nutritionists and psychologists and social support specialists design individualized
therapies and strategies to reintegrate patients into a better quality of life, with
better physical fitness and prevention of recurrence to heavier stages and strategies to
prevent heart complications and future recurrence of heart attacks (heart attack).
Exercise programs for patients with chronic diseases are appropriately designed to be beneficial and safe. In the years that exercise programs have been implemented in patients from the Sports Medicine Laboratory, there have been no complications from exercise.
The results are very important and concern the improvement of the operation of almost all the systems of the body.
In particular, regular exercise in patients has been found to bring:
- Improvement of muscle strength and endurance, as patients with chronic diseases experience muscle atrophy due to the disease and motility.
- Improving the function of the heart both at rest and in physical exertion.
- Prevention or slowing down the course of atherosclerosis by both direct and indirect mechanisms (reduction of risk factors).
- Better regulation of blood pressure.
- Psychological support, reduction of depression, strengthening of the feeling of self-confidence, development of well-being, optimism and self-esteem.
Increasing the capacity for physical work and improving their psychosocial status, makes them more capable in their professional activity, helps them in their social reintegration, with the end result of improving their quality of life.
The implementation of special exercise programs for patients with chronic diseases is an accompanying necessary therapeutic tool for their social and psychological support and should be applied to all patients with the participation of properly trained trainers in collaboration with the treating physicians.
Those interested in participating in therapeutic exercise programs for free may contact the following telephone number: