Health & Wellbeing
for Cancer Patients
We offer 8-12 week health & wellbeing programmes for cancer patients undergoing treatment.
We aim to improve your quality of life and help you to feel better. Regular exercise can reduce stress and give you more energy.
Some studies even show that it can help to speed up recovery after cancer treatment.
UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT CANCER TREATMENTS
Chemotherapy treatment uses medicine to weaken and destroy cancer cells in the body. Because chemotherapy medicines target rapidly dividing cells, they can also damage healthy tissues in the process, including the digestive system, cells in your hair follicles, and bone marrow (bone marrow makes red blood cells).
Targeted therapies target specific characteristics of cancer cells, such as a protein that allows the cancer cells to grow or divide rapidly and are generally less likely than chemotherapy medicines to harm healthy cells.
How can Pilates help?
Pilates specifically has been shown to enhance life for people with cancer. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Breast Health concluded that people with breast cancer who practiced Pilates experienced greater improvements in quality of life, had better upper extremity functions and experienced milder lymphedema (swelling in the limbs) than those in the control group. The study also found that Pilates exercises were found to be more effective than standard exercises for relieving the symptoms of lymphedema.
Pilates IS a Good Form of Exercise for Oncology Rehab Patients
Pilates goes hand in hand with integrative oncology which combines modern medicine with other evidence-based complementary therapies, such as nutrition and exercise. Pilates and integrative oncology is a great fit if you’re looking alternate ways to cope with stress, reduce inflammation and boost your immunity during cancer treatment.
- Regain confidence and vitality through the gentleness of the Pilates exercise methods. If using the Pilates Reformer the adjustable, spring-loaded machines provide appropriate exercises for patients experiencing fatigue or anemia, and patients who are debilitated from chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- Improve lymphatic drainage, as we use deep breathing that is integral with Pilates exercise.
- Improve body posture and activate the muscle pump action in the limbs, lymphatic fluid movement out of affected limbs will be assisted, thus promoting fluid volume reduction.
- Strengthen muscles and joints in the affected limb and/or body quadrant and minimise the strain on the body by the added weight and heaviness of lymphatic limbs.
- Promote stabilisation to shoulders, lower back and the pelvic region. This is significantly important for overall health and function, especially after combination treatments of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapies (such as Tamoxifen, Arimidex, Aromasin, and Femara).
What Are the Rehabilitative Goals of Pilates Based Programs at Healing Exercise?
Body Mechanics Awareness, to improve/restore normal movement patterns
- Core Strengthening, to provide a strong foundation for recovery of strength/flexibility/ROM
- Improvement in lymphatic system function
- Risk reduction in patients recovering from surgery and radiation
- Volume reduction for patients with existing lymphedema conditions
OUR 8 Week ProgramME
- Weeks 1-3
A focus on range of motion and correcting postural deviations.
- Weeks 4-8
Building strength and adding light resistance.