Survive & Thrive
Purpose: Prevent, eliminate, or decrease the side effects of cancer treatment.
- Muscle Weakness
- Decreased Range of Motion and Tightness
- Postural Issues
- Loss of Balance
- Cardiopulmonary exercise to reduce fatigue and pain
- Soft tissue and joint range of motion to increase mobility and decrease stiffness
- Neural stretching and range of motion to decrease pain and symptoms of neuropathy
- Strengthening exercises to prevent muscle weakness
- Balance exercises to prevent falls and improve walking
- Care for neck and back pain
Who: Any woman who is undergoing or has completed treatment for any cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation.
What: One on one treatment with your Physical Therapist, who has specialized education regarding physical therapy and cancer care. Each patient is assessed and evaluated for a completely personalized plan of care. You lead the way and we help you get there at Palmer Physical Therapy for Women.
Pam Palmer, PT, founder of Palmer Physical Therapy for Women, has undergone chemotherapy & radiation, and is uniquely aware of the needs of women undergoing treatment.
Why: We must not assume those with cancer should rest during chemotherapy or radiation. Instead, amount-specific physical activity should be performed to reduce side effects while allowing for rest days when needed.
A significant amount of new research shows that physical activity during and/or after chemotherapy and radiation helps to decrease fatigue and pain, improve physical and emotional functioning, decrease hospital stays, and may improve tolerance of chemotherapy. The exercises are individually customized for frequency and intensity. All women, from those exercising in a chair to the endurance athlete, can benefit.
What not to expect: You will not exercise at an intensity or duration that is not appropriate for you. We use our advanced education and experience to create your specific plan of care. By recognizing that extreme fatigue and other complications often accompany cancer treatment, we will determine a reasonable and appropriate starting level and progression. Our goal is to partner with you to minimize and overcome the effects of cancer treatment.
What to expect: On your first visit, you will meet one on one with your physical therapist and work only with her throughout your care. The PT will evaluate your pain, neuropathy, range of motion, tissue restriction, strength, endurance and balance. The plan of care and exercise program will address these deficits and help you achieve your individualized needs and goals.
A physical therapy session will include:
- Manual therapy for stretching and mobilization as needed to address motion restriction, pain and neuropathy
- Education on proper technique and form during exercise to reduce risk of injury
- Exercise for strengthening, balance and cardiovascular function
- Progression of home exercises based on your response to ensure optimal results
Maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle reduce the risk of recurrence. We are here to help you get your life back!