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How Can Physiotherapy Help Patients Recover From Cancer?

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Physiotherapy has so much to offer!

Discovering and coming to terms with a diagnosis of cancer can be difficult. Whether it is for someone you know or yourself, it is a life-altering realization. The initial reaction is to run to oncologist, hospitals, doctors or nurses. Physiotherapy is usually a far consideration. If at all, for help with the treatment of cancer but it has proven to be effective.

Cancer Survivorship Rates are increasing

Due to the increase in sophisticated medicine the rate of cancer survivorship has inflated by a great amount. Medical advances help the patient beat cancer, these advances include:

  • Improved technology
  • New research
  • Newer proven and experimental treatments
  • Earlier detection of the cancer

With dedicated professionals working tirelessly to find a cure and better detection of cancer. The survivor rate is expected to further increase drastically. The cancer patients have been through very intensive medical procedures. The treatments for cancer can be very tolling on one’s health. It leaves a person drained both physically and mentally. The exhaustion can last long after even the treatment is over. Meanwhile, Physiotherapy has been very helpful to many patient survivors.

The severity of Cancer treatment on Mental and Physical Health

Cancer can be a taxing process for the patient; from its development to detection to diagnosis and all the way through treatment. It takes up a great part of one’s life and leaves behind a shell of a person. If the physical combat via medicinal procedure is not accompanied by methods to help regain psychological health. Which ultimately, improve the quality of life.

Treatments for cancer can often leave one to be so exhausted. They cannot fathom to leave the bed alone. They do not get any healthy exercise in their routine or be able to enjoy themselves with their loved ones. This is where physiotherapy plays a significant role.

Medicine has seen a great deal of advancement over the years. However, the treatment for cancer is still very restrictive in its nature. It leaves the individual with drained mental and physical capacity along with a highly susceptible immune system.

The intensive yet imperative procedures leave the patients with inability to perform some tasks. These constraints are a result of:

  • Cancer Related Fatigue (CFR)
  • Immense and Unmanageable Pain
  • Damage to the Nerves
  • Lymphatic edema; results as a reaction of the weakened immune system
  • Loss of control of excretion
  • Loss of touch with the normal routine of one’s life
Cancer survivor and Physiotherapy treatment

How Physiotherapy can help

Physiotherapy has shown proven signs. These indicate the rehabilitation and better management of the symptoms. These result from the various complications. And, that accompany cancer treatments. One of the most prevalent complaints of patients is the loss of strength and the damage their tissues suffer. Lymphatic edema is a common symptom of breast cancer. It can be managed via various physiotherapeutic exercises. These include exercises that help in returning motor functions and aerobic exercise.

Fatigue and exhaustion are perhaps the biggest components of cancer treatment. CFR can, however, be managed through aerobic exercises, strength building exercises, and functional management exercise. This has been proven to be effective in combating CFR during and after the treatment is over.

Pain is unfortunate but a reality of life with cancer. The illness itself is very painful however the treatment is equally if not more so taxing on the physical capabilities. The pain can be excruciating and there need to be ways to manage it. Physiotherapy allows you different therapeutic massages. Examples are acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, mobilizing the tissues and other such remedies. These all can help with pain management.

Loss of excretion control often results from cancer of the prostate in men and ovarian or bladder cancer in women. Through physiotherapy, it is possible to reconstruct and recover the pelvic necessary to control excretion. The rebuilding also helps in the reduction of sexual friction.

Physiotherapy and how it can Increase the Quality of Life

Physiotherapy can increase and improve the quality of life significantly. It is irrespective of the stage at which you are of your cancer treatment. It is important to incorporate it in the time during active treatment just as much as it is for after the treatment. Its incorporation can lead to a reduction or complete avoidance in chances of developing disabilities.

The exercises that are a part of physiotherapy should be incorporated into the daily routine after the treatment is over. As there is a high chance of a reduction in the re-emergence of cancer. However, it is important as well for on-going treatment as it has shown to reduce the rate of mortality.

The physical benefits of physiotherapy though astonishing are expected. What is truly unique and renders physiotherapy indispensable from your recovery regiment is the effect it can have on your mental, psychological and spiritual health. When faced with cancer many patients understandably experience grief. And, that without care may turn in to a major depressive episode. Physiotherapy helps in uplifting the patients' psyche with endorphins. That are released through exercise.

Where can you turn for Help?

At the Pillars of Wellness in Burlington, Aldershot (ON) we understand how stressful dealing with such sensitive matters can be. Whether the patient is you or a loved one the impact left by such experiences can prove to be devastating. Thus we provide a range of services that can help you and your loved ones with both pain and grief management.

We offer both physiotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic services such as:

We have trained physiotherapist that work on one to one basis with the patients. They help to draw up specified plans of exercising and therapeutic massages. These are best suited for their specific type of cancer and the place they are in the recovery cycle.

It is important that the plans are customized to provide the best health care for the patient. The cancer treatment process is a long and tiring one we do not want to further unload on the patient by adding excruciating exercise regiments.

Along with the physiotherapy, we also offer psychotherapy to help with grief and emotional duress. These are for both the patient and the loved ones. The idea is to find a plan that works best for each individual.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to learn more about our services and how we can help you reach your goals.

Khizar Hayyat
Khizar Hayyat
Khizar graduated in 2007 and completed his post-graduation in Physiotherapy. He has extensive experience in different clinical areas including Orthopedic, Neurological, Cardiac and Pediatric rehab.