Many people who are having or have had treatment for cancer express uncertainty about how to safely start rebuilding and regaining their strength, fitness, vitality and confidence in their bodies and abilities. ‘Pink Pilates’ is a program that was founded in New Zealand that has been specifically designed to help women with cancer recover from their treatment. Certified ‘Pink Pilates’ Physiotherapists in Australia can be located on the Pink Pilates website http://www.pinkpilates.com.au and depending on where your sister lives, she may be eligible to access funding through the Pink Pilates trust for up to 10 sessions of the rehab. program.
Depending on the nature of your sister in laws treatment there are several areas of importance following treatment for cervical cancer. Oncology Physiotherapists can assess, treat and guide women through an appropriate rehabilitation program to address these issues including:
- Fatigue and fatigue management strategies
- Rebuilding of muscle mass and strength which is often lost with decreased activity and chemotherapy
- Assessment of lymphoedema risk, provide education and ongoing monitoring
- Activities to facilitate co-ordination, improve memory and address ‘chemo brain’
- Improve activation of stabilising and core muscles around abdominals and pelvis
- Assess and activate pelvic floor muscle strength, endurance and power
- Discuss body composition management as often women gain weight following treatment for cancer
Appropriate rehabilitation programs have been shown to address all of these factors and more.
Giving women the guidance and direction to exercise during and after cancer treatment not only assists in the rebuilding of bodies, but also assists in the rebuilding of confidence and improvement in well being.
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