Cancer has affected almost all of us in one way or another. Whether we have been diagnosed, have had a family member or friend diagnosed, or even lost one or multiple loved ones, it is widely known: being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating, and treatment can be brutal. It breaks my heart to share that I’ve lost multiple family members and dear friends to Cancer. My passion for helping cancer patients during treatment and beyond through physical therapy runs deep. Please take a moment to read this short article about how physical therapy can help and consider attending my upcoming seminar at Cancer Support Community. I want to help you combat cancer’s side effects and take control of your health again. Let’s work together to help you enjoy life despite the “Big C.”
In the past, a person diagnosed with Cancer would have been advised to rest and take it easy, avoiding physical exertion at all costs while going through chemo and other therapies to get well again. But we now understand that physical exercise in addition to other physical therapy interventions can be highly beneficial, both during and after cancer treatment. Patients have options to combat the effects of Cancer treatment which can be a grueling course, leaving many people exhausted, weak and with a compromised immune system. Just getting out of bed can be a huge and daunting task, let alone completing daily tasks.
“We now understand that physical exercise in addition to other physical therapy interventions can be highly beneficial, both during and after cancer treatment.”
This is where physical therapy comes in. Despite advances in medical treatments, individuals who receive cancer treatments typically experience extensive physical limitations during and after treatments. These limitations include and are not limited to cancer-related fatigue (CRF), pain, nerve damage, lymphedema, deconditioning, as well as incontinence, all of which can be managed through physical therapy. However, research indicates that a large portion of cancer fighters and survivors are not seeking out rehabilitation services, even though they would likely find it highly beneficial. This is crazy! I am determined to get the message out about the benefits of physical therapy during and after Cancer treatment so that as many people as possible can benefit.
Physical therapy itself involves an extremely individualized approach to care. We start by assessing your unique needs and then create a program specifically for you. Core physical therapy treatments often include: Expert Manual Therapy to treat soft tissue and joint dysfunction, Cardiovascular Exercises, Strength Training, Balance Training to counteract the effects of chemotherapies and radiation, Flexibility Training, and Soft/Deep Tissue Massage.
Join Dr. Meyer on October 17 to learn How Physical Therapy Could
Help Ease Cancer Treatment with Dr. Gina Meyer. Dr. Meyer will cover these treatment options in more depth and answer individual questions about how you can live your best life even during Cancer treatment.