Physical Therapy in Cancer Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy and Cancer are usually not synonymous words you might not have even heard of them being used in the same sentence.
We can no longer deny the evidence that cancer is quickly becoming increasingly relevant in every age group, ethnicity and strata of our society. Gone are the days when cancer was looked upon as a death sentence. With cutting-edge technology, innovative treatments and medical practitioners willing to push boundaries, cancer patients can now look forward to long and healthy lives despite a diagnosis of advanced stages and malignant forms of the disease.
In such cases, physiotherapy can help you more than you could imagine.
You will be provided with a traditional exercise programme that ensures your muscles are well-exercised and do not fall into weakness, disuse or atrophy. It is essential to follow the exercise programme diligently as this will help you with improving your overall health and mood as well.
You can also expect customisation (regular upgrading or downgrading of your programme) based on your specific needs.
Manual therapy and chiropractic are just some of the assisted treatment options we offer at The Rehab Nest to ensure that you are in the most comfortable position possible. Our skilled practitioners will ensure that your body enjoys a full range of motion and that you are completely free of spasms, tensions or any joint issues that might plague you.
Lymphedema is one of the most common side effects of a growing cancer or tumour. You might experience a build-up of tissue fluid, most commonly seen in arms and legs. Our skilled therapists along with the help of our chiro practitioners will ascertain that any fluid build-up is drained appropriately and you do not suffer from restrictions or loss of mobility.
You will also be taught exercises and stretching techniques that will help you to keep this problem at bay.
You could expect the treatment to progress to palliative care, as and when the need arises. You will be taught a plethora of methods that will help you deal with pain and loss of mobility and function, both of which are associated with advanced stages of the disease.
Are There Any Precautions To Be Followed While Exercising If Diagnosed With Cancer?
Yes, in certain cases, caution should be exercised if you have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently undergoing physical therapy sessions for the same.
- Since all cancer patients are immunocompromised, it becomes necessary to make sure that your surroundings at home are clean, especially when performing the exercises.
- Certain types of cancer carry the risk of spreading faster. Eg, malignant bone tumours usually come with the risk of increased growth of the tumour if movement is vigorous. In such cases, it is always better to choose a low-impact regimen that mainly focuses on stretching and general muscle strengthening.
- Cancer patients also suffer from low haemoglobin and reduced platelet count. This might leave you feeling tired once the exercise regimen is over. You must communicate with your therapist effectively about your boundaries while exercising and otherwise.
- Sensory changes have been noticed in patients at various levels, along the course of treatment, many of them owing to chemotherapy. Your therapist must be kept well informed of the same to avoid any further injury to the areas where your sensation is currently compromised.