Stem Cell Transplant Exercise Program: Level 1

This information describes Level 1 of an exercise program that will help you throughout the course of your stem cell transplant and during your recovery. 

This exercise program works the major muscle groups that you use for everyday activities. It will help prevent stiffness and decrease the effects of bed rest and not being able to move. Your physical and occupational therapists will help guide you with this program.

You should stop any exercise that causes you pain or discomfort and tell your occupational or physical therapist.

Exercises


Figure 1.

Ankle circles

  1. Lie on your back or sit up.
  2. Rotate your right ankle clockwise (to the right) 10 times (see Figure 1).
  3. Switch directions, and rotate your ankle counter-clockwise (to the left) 10 times.
  4. Repeat the exercise with your left ankle.

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 2.

Ankle pumps

  1. Lie on your back or sit up.
  2. Point your toes up toward your nose and then down to the floor (see Figure 2). You can do this with both feet at the same time.
  3. Repeat 10 times.

 

 

 

 


Figure 3.

Quadriceps sets

  1. Lie on your back or sit with your legs straight.
  2. Push the back of your knees down into the bed while tightening the muscles on the top of your thigh (see Figure 3).
  3. Hold this position and count out loud for 5 seconds. Release.
  4. Repeat 10 times.

 

 


Figure 4.

Gluteal sets

  1. Lie on your back or sit up.
  2. Squeeze your buttocks together tightly (see Figure 4).
  3. Hold this position and count out loud for 5 seconds. Release your buttocks. 
  4. Repeat 10 times.

 

 


Figure 5.

Abductor strengthening exercise

  1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and your toes pointed up to the ceiling.
  2. Keeping your toes pointed up to the ceiling, slide your left leg out to the side (see Figure 5).
  3. Return to the starting position.
  4. Repeat 10 times.
  5. Repeat the exercise with your right leg.

 

 

 

 

 


Figure 6.

Heel slides

  1. Lie on your back with your legs straight.
  2. Gently slide your right heel toward your buttocks (see Figure 6). 
  3. Return to the starting position.
  4. Repeat 10 times.
  5. Repeat the exercise with your left leg.

 

 

 

Figure 7.

Seated abductor strengthening with elastic bands (Thera-bandTM)

  1. Sit in a chair with your back supported and your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Loop the elastic band around your thighs.
  3. Move your knees apart, pressing into the elastic band (see Figure 7).
  4. Slowly return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

 

 

 


Figure 8.

Seated pillow squeezes

  1. Sit in a chair with your back supported and your feet flat on the floor.  
  2. Place a pillow between your knees.
  3. Press your knees into the pillow (see Figure 8). 
  4. Hold this position and count out loud for 5 seconds. Release.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 9.

Sitting kicks

  1. Sit in a chair with your back supported and your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Kick your right foot up until your leg is straight (see Figure 9). 
  3. Hold this position and count out loud to 5.
  4. Lower your foot to the floor.
  5. Repeat 10 times.
  6. Repeat the exercise with your left leg.