With today’s diagnostic equipment and treatment methods, more and more people are surviving cancer.
However, along with cancer treatments, there comes a range of debilitating side effects that can affect a person’s quality of life. Physiotherapy plays an important role in assessing and addressing physical and functional limitations in cancer patients, to help you return to those activities important to you, whether they are home, work, social or exercise related.
There is ongoing research demonstrating a wide range of benefits of attending physiotherapy and exercising at all stages of cancer treatment. Some of the proven benefits are reduced fatigue, improved motion, improved mood, improved quality of life, and reduced rates of lymphoedema or cancer recurrence. Physiotherapy will evaluate each patient individually, explore your current situation and goals, and design a program specifically for you. The physiotherapy program will then involve a series of sessions including hands-on therapeutic methods and exercises designed to address your restrictions and help you reach your goals. It is never too late to address side effects from cancer treatments. We successfully help patients at any stage from immediately after, to years following their treatments.
Susan is a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist through Klose Training in Colorado, USA. Lymphoedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the chest, trunk, legs or arms that may occur as a side effect of cancer treatment, particularly surgery or radiation therapy. Lymphoedema can be effectively managed through complex decongestive therapy (CDT) consisting of manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, exercise and education/self-care. At Active Health we have the facilities to see Stage 1 and 2 lymphoedema patients for hands on treatment, and all Stages of lymphoedema for exercise therapy.
Conditions Successfully Treated with Physiotherapy Include:
- Cording/Axillary Web Syndrome
- Depression and Anxiety
- Limited Motion
- Low Endurance
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Bladder or Bowel Concerns
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Poor Balance
- Scar Tissue
- Vaginal stenosis
We are also proud to be a provider of the PINC and STEEL rehab programs for women and men with cancer. For more information about the programs and about possible funding please link to the PINC and STEEL website http://www.pincandsteel.com/. These programmes may be also be covered under some private health insurance plans. Later in the year we will be offering Next Steps classes in Rangiora, more information will be posted as it becomes available.