The ALCER Castalia association is publishing and distributing the recommendations of Eva Segura, lecturer in Physiotherapy at CEU UCH and coordinator of GoodRenal, a European project concerning healthy lifestyles for dialysis patients
The association for the fight against kidney diseases in the province of Castellón, ALCER Castalia, and the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU UCH) have come together for the publication of the Manual Básico de Actividad Física en ERC. This booklet aims to give patients suffering from chronic kidney disease some guidance regarding physical activity. The list of exercises and recommendations it includes have been drawn up by Eva Segura Ortí, a lecturer on the Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy at CEU UCH. She is a pioneer in Spain in the use of physical exercise during haemodialysis sessions and she currently leads the GoodRenal project, which is funded by the European programme, Erasmus+. The project brings together Spanish institutions such as the Hospital Manises, the Universitat de València, and the Universitat Politècnica de València, and international organizations such as the Skåne University Hospital and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, KU Leuven in Belgium, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
According to Juan Doménech, president of ALCER Castalia, “people undergoing haemodialysis experience fatigue in 97% of cases, profoundly affecting their vitality and personal relationships. On top of that, they suffer the progressive loss of muscle mass and a sensation of pain which is 2 or 3 times higher than average. Depression and anxiety are also present in between 22% and 42% of patients with chronic kidney disease. Appropriate physical exercise, approved by the specialist responsible for the patient, can improve these problems, enhancing mobility and quality of life, and reducing pain.”
In this respect, the Manual Básico de Actividad Física en ERC, published by ALCER Castalia and including the recommendations of the CEU UCH lecturer Eva Segura, explains the benefits of exercise, not just from the physical point of view, but also in terms of its positive impact on the patient’s state of mind and in terms of its physiological effects, such as lowering blood pressure and blood sugar. The exercises the booklet contains are specifically designed for those living with chronic kidney disease, but they can also be used by anyone with a low level of physical fitness who wants to begin doing physical exercise.