Over the past few years, there has been a large amount of research showing strong evidence that physiotherapy and rehabilitation can have a large impact on a person’s life following a cancer diagnosis. This includes reducing the side effects of treatment, improving quality of life during treatment and prognosis following initial diagnosis. For too long, the cancer patient was ‘wrapped in cotton wool’, however thankfully we are now seeing that exercise and physiotherapy can have a protective role against some types of cancer.
Research out of the Netherlands shows that women suffering from breast cancer, that participated in an exercise program during their chemotherapy treatment, experienced a reduction in symptoms including nausea, pain, fatigue and overall fitness. Even small amounts of exercise was shown to be beneficial.
Research also shows:
- Exercise may also reduce the risk of cancer coming back by up to 35%
- Exercise is the best treatment for the most commonly reported side-effect of cancer, cancer related fatigue
- Exercise also helps with lymphedema management, improves mood and improves fitness and strength.
- There is now also research showing exercise improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
- Exercise after a cancer diagnosis is associate with a reduction in cancer related death by up to 44%
Rehabilitation for those with a cancer diagnosis is a low cost-effective intervention that reduces side-effects and improves quality of life.
Concentric Rehabilitation Centre’s physiotherapists focus on supporting the client’s entire presentation, not just addressing the cancer. Our physiotherapists assess each person individually for the impact of their cancer diagnosis and then address the physical and functional limitations caused by this diagnosis.
How much exercise is enough?
150 minutes of moderate activity per week, plus 2 – 3 resistance (weights) workouts are recommended. If you aren’t getting close to these numbers, you should seek help from a physiotherapist on how to incorporate more activity into your week. It is important to remember that exercise should invigorate you, not make you tired, hence it is vital you seek professional opinion prior to starting.
Quite often, cancer patients are shocked to learn how effective exercise is at reducing symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment as well as improving their likelihood of achieving a long term recovery.
Concentric Cancer Rehabilitation Program aims to:
- Improve physical and functional recovery
- Reduce pain levels and muscle tension
- Improve mobility and strength
- Reduce fatigue levels and improve breathing capacity
- Improve core stability and subsequent posture
- Improve confidence
- Reduce side-effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and fatigue
- Shift mindset from illness to wellness
The program we have designed is suitable after any type of cancer surgery or stage of treatment and it has been created to accommodate all ages, mobility and fitness levels.
If you would like to know more, whether it be for yourself or a loved one, then feel free to reach out to us at the clinic.