Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

No one likes pain. The reality is that physical pain is a common occurrence experienced by people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  Depending on the type of diagnosis, cancer patients may experience pain due to cancer-related treatments and/or physical discomfort from the disease itself. Many patients endure short-term acute or severe pain while others… [Read More]

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I’m trying to imagine a person with little to no yoga experience today looking for a studio or teacher.  I also imagine that in the early stages of post cancer treatment, there are many physical changes one has to adjust to. We know that movement and relaxation can contribute to physical and mental well being…. [Read More]

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Exercise Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted on October 19th, 2012 | 5 Comments

As a physiotherapist and leader of Wellsprings’ exercise program, I have the privilege of training many women who are breast cancer survivors.  Consistently, joint and muscle pain is reported by many of our participants, particularly post-menopausal women on hormone therapy.  So, what’s going on???  Are you one of the many women experiencing muscle, joint, or… [Read More]

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Cancer and Bone Health

Posted on November 8th, 2011 | 3 Comments

The human skeleton consists of 206 bones that govern body shape, function, and various important regulatory mechanisms.  Given the multiple roles of bones, preserving their health is of great importance.  Unfortunately, cancer and its associated treatments can significantly reduce bone density and increase the risk of fractures. Cancer can negatively affect bone health in several… [Read More]

Treatment for breast cancer, and other cancers, can lead to a condition called lymphedema. Although not life-threatening it can be debilitating and may seriously affect day-to-day functioning. With early detection and effective treatment, lymphedema can be improved or prevented from progressing to an advanced stage. What are some of the signs & symptoms of breast… [Read More]

Why am I so Tired?

Posted on September 1st, 2011 | 3 Comments

Cancer-related fatigue affects close to 80% of cancer patients, many of whom describe it as a total lack of energy. Some 60% of those patients report that fatigue affects their lives more than any other side effect; including nausea, pain and depression, and 89% said it had a negative impact on their day-to-day activities. What… [Read More]

Pilates for Breast Cancer Recovery

Posted on August 5th, 2011 | 4 Comments

Exercising after breast cancer surgery is often the last thing you may feel like doing. Cancer wreaks havoc on the body and between weight gain, muscle atrophy, fatigue and premature bone loss women are left feeling physically challenged by even normal daily activities. Nonetheless, recent studies prove that moderate physical exercise can be incredibly beneficial… [Read More]

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Pilates for Prostate Health

Posted on July 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment

We know studies show exercise helps cancer recovery and prevention by improving insulin resistance, reducing inflammation, boosting immune system function, and lowering hormones. Exercise is good! But how do you decide which type is best for you? Those concerned with prostrate health may want to consider adding Pilates into their daily physical activity. Pilates is… [Read More]

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You probably know that exercise is good for you. By now, you probably have also heard that exercise is particularly important after a cancer diagnosis. But, do you really know why it is important for cancer survivors? Research has provided us with a number of clues as to why exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors. … [Read More]

One of the biggest fears that you may face when planning your return to work is being able to perform your duties at the same levels as before your diagnosis.  This concern might stem from many factors, including physical fatigue or ‘chemo brain’ (also called ‘brain fog’) which is a term used to describe cognitive… [Read More]