How Does Physical Therapy Help Cancer Treatment?
With supervision from one of our physical therapists, proper exercise can help those undergoing cancer treatment. While remaining physically active can be hard during this process, it is possible to exercise safely and comfortably during treatment. We also stress the importance of proper exercise due to its ability to relieve some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Proper exercise during cancer treatment has shown to:
1. Reduce fatigue
Physical exercise helps boost the body's energy and endurance during treatment.
2. Maintain muscle strength and flexibility
Safe exercise with supervision can help keep your muscles healthy, even during treatment.
3. Manage and reduce stress
Exercising during cancer treatment can help ease the anxiety, fear, and depression that sometimes shows during treatment.
4. Prevent and reduce lymphedema and swelling
Special physical therapy treatments we offer can help address lymphedema and swelling.
5. Reduce discomfort and pain
Comfortable exercise has shown to be effective in reducing pain and discomfort during cancer treatment.
6. Prevent or reduce weight gain
Our health plans can help you maintain a healthy weight.
7. Reduce dizziness and brain fog
Exercise has both immediate and long-lasting effects in reducing brain fog.
8. Reduce the loss of bone density
Certain exercises done can stimulate bones to stay healthy and strong, helping to avoid fractures during cancer treatment.
9. Improve success rate of treatment
Research studies have suggested that consistent, healthy exercise during cancer treatment can have beneficial effects that improve the outcome of treatment.
10. Assist athletes to continue their sports training
Athletes undergoing treatment may not have to give up their sport. We physical therapist can help design a special exercise plans that include modified versions that still benefit athletic training.
For more information on physical therapy plans during cancer treatment, please contact us.