Exercise is strongly recommended for cancer survivors to help improve prognosis. Despite being efficacious, treatment is associated with negative side effects which can limit exercise participation. Alternative therapeutic interventions such as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) have the potential to bridge the gap between immobility and reintegration into voluntary exercise programmes. Technological advancements now allow the use of NMES to target both the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, and meet the current exercise guidelines. Dominic O’Connor is a Marie Curie Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Science. His research focus is on using exercise mimetics as an interventional strategy to combat the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Coming from a Sports Science background, cancer is a new and exciting area for him and he is excited to use his knowledge of exercise to help improve the quality of life of cancer survivors through rehabilitation. His research forms part of the wider CATCH (Cancer: activating technology for connected health) training network, which aims to bridge the gap in cancer care through technology supported physical exercise. Dominic graduated with an honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science & an MSc in Exercise Physiology from Abertay University, Dundee. Dominic is passionate about exercise and is keen to raise awareness to its benefits across the lifespan. Twitter: @domdom2407 This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community
05 Dec 2017
How can NMES help accelerate cancer rehabilitation?