Have you been diagnosed with Cancer, or have suffered from cancer in the past? Are you struggling with the side effects of your cancer treatment, and even after the treatments have finished you still don’t feel 100%?
Aspire Physiotherapy is proud to be offering a specific cancer rehabilitation program aimed at assisting you on your pathway of recovery following a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Pia is a fully certified PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist.
The PINC program has been designed to give women with cancer strength through individualised rehabilitation programs. The PINC program is an individualised and specialised, exercise-based rehabilitation program for cancer patients. Delivered by certified PINC Cancer Rehab Physiotherapists, the PINC Program encourages longer-term engagement in physical activity for cancer survivors, helping you heal as well as possible and function at optimal levels through every stage of your treatment and recovery.
P = Physiotherapists that deliver the program
I = Individualised prescribed sessions
N = Nurturing to reclaim quality of life
C = Cancer Rehabilitation
Our Goal is to help you shift your focus from Illness to Wellness!
The STEEL program for men is a program that helps in re-strengthening for men with cancer. Delivered by certified STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapists, the STEEL program provides individualised, prescribed rehabilitation to men diagnosed with cancer. The focus of the STEEL program is in helping male patients heal as well as possible and to function at optimal levels through every stage of their treatment and recovery.
Why is prescribed rehabilitation and exercise important for people during and after cancer treatments?
Research shows that remaining physically active is a very important component in your recovery from cancer and the effects of its treatment.
- Reduce treatment related side effects and/or improve tolerance of these side effects
- Improve tolerance to chemotherapy and hormone therapy
- Help return to ‘normal’ faster
- Improve mortality and decrease co-morbidities
- Decrease fatigue
- Improve quality of life
Cancer rehabilitation is multifaceted
At Aspire Physiotherapy the cancer rehabilitation we offer is tailored to your individual needs. We offer a multifaceted approach to ensure you achieve the best results possible. This could include:
Manual physiotherapy to help with things like range of motion restriction and other stiffness, cording (Axillary Web syndrome), lymphoedema, scar management/treatment and garment Prescription.
Physical and functional assessments to determine the factors that may be hampering your normal function. This could include assessing elements such as range of motion and flexibility, balance, strength and limb volume measures.
Individualised Clinical Pilates to address personal goals, Improve strength, improve mobility and assist with bone density.
Fatique management, several treatment interventions can assist with the management of fatique for example research shows small amounts of resistance training can be beneficial in reducing fatigue, breathing techniques can help and learning pacing strategies to help you complete activities.
Resistance training is shown to assist with Chemotherapy tolerance. It can also help in management of fatigue and can help with side effect management (to chemo, hormone therapy). Increasing strength can help achieve personal goals and is great to improve bone density.
Exercise prescription helps to improve and maintain fitness, can assist in the management of side effects of the cancer treatment and stop the spiral of deconditioning during treatment. Exercise is shown to result in a quicker and more optimal recovery and decrease restrictions from surgery and treatment. This will allow you to keep you able to do the things you want to do. The aim is to get you back to ‘you’ as quickly as possible, with a treatment approach that is tailored to your needs and your preferences this can include pilates, resisted exercises, gym, yoga to name a few.
Breathing exercises to increase energy levels and improve breathing. Due to the stress of diagnosis and treatment often breathing patterns become poor and this can affect sleep, energy and mental health. A return to good breathing patterns can be the base for a speedy recovery.
Strengthen core muscles and improve posture can assist in improving your breathing and energy levels and if you have had abdominal surgery improve your post op recovery.
The PINC and STEEL rehabilitation program is chronologically formatted into 4 phases. The timing of each phase is dependent upon the persons’ physical condition, the length of the healing process, the type of surgery involved and the courses of adjuvant treatments.
Pre Op Phase – is designed to help patients before their cancer surgery. It involves a pre-op assessment and education to identify any factors that may affect recovery from surgery and return to work. A pre-op rehab plan will be devised for each individual which will include specific exercises to strength muscles and improve stamina; education and functional guidance.
Post Op Phase – designed to assist in the healing process of patients who are recently post-surgery. It aims to restore strength and flexibility to particular joints and muscle groups that have become weak and inflexible as a result of surgery. Includes manual physiotherapy and gentle modified exercises to maximise recovery from surgery, education and functional guidance for home and work.
Adjuvant Cancer Treatment Phase – designed to improve energy levels and maintain health during cancer treatments to reduce the impact on physical functioning and overall conditioning. It aims to help patients manage fatigue, flexibility, strength and stamina to reduce time off work, muscle wasting and functional impairment. In addition to focusing on stretching and strengthening exercises for the upper and lower extremities, it contains workouts to improve abdominal strength and spinal stability; education about fatigue management, home and work-based modifications and cardiovascular exercise.
Fitness Phase – Designed to facilitate overall conditioning to increase physical stamina after treatments are completed. It aims to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility to increase endurance, elevate the metabolism, improve muscle tone and body composition. The exercise selection focuses on improving physical functioning to maximise recovery to return to work, and living a full and productive life. Education on fatigue management, return to work, sport and leisure activities.
Who can benefit from our Cancer rehab classes?
It is suitable after any type of cancer surgery or treatment and accommodates all ages, fitness levels and mobility.
Take the first steps on the road to recovery, visit a PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist near you.
Pia, Your PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist will help guide, support and encourage you through each phase of your treatment and recovery. We will teach you what you can do to get stronger again and help you understand why your body is reacting to the treatments in certain ways. They will provide information to help you feel more in control of your body and life again. Get Back to Living
We want this journey to be a rollercoaster not a slide!
What does Cancer Rehabilitation look like at Aspire
Research shows that ‘ exercise snacking’ is the best way to start on your road to recovery as to concerve energy and maximise recovery. After an assessment we can start with short 20 minute sessions and build up as your body recovers.
40min Initial Assessment
To discuss with Pia where you are at and where you want to go. This includes a physical assessment to determine a ‘baseline’ and identify potential factors that could be holding you back. In this session we will also discuss personal goals you would like to achieve with your personalised rehabilitation plan.
During the rehabilitation we assess where you are at each step of the way until you are ready to move ahead. This progression is established through progression of strength, range, energy and goals reached.
Example of possible steps
- Hands of treatment if and as required.
- 20 min rehab sessions
- 30 min rehab sessions
- 40 min rehab sessions
- 60 min rehab sessions – either 1 on 1 or within a class
Starting with short exercise sessions, allow you to ‘exercise snack’, will enable you to get started but not run out of energy or be overloaded. As you, and your endurance and energy levels, improve, we slowly increase the length and intensity of the session. This is always tailored to your needs and wants.
Once all goals are met for function – return to previous class of choice; ie: yoga, gym, personal trainer or Pilates to name a few.
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