Cancer Rehabilitation

13 years experience

The Cancer Experience

As the survival rates for cancer continue to improve, more men and women than ever before are living with the side effects of their cancer treatments.  These short and long-term side effects can affect your health and quality of life. Cancer rehabilitation can help. 

Cancer rehabilitation is offered by specially trained rehabilitation professionals at any stage of the cancer experience: pre-treatment, during treatment, post-treatment, and even years after. These professionals help to address the physical and emotional impacts of cancer treatment.

Physiotherapists can play an important role in the cancer rehabilitation team. The physical effects of living with and receiving treatment for cancer can be extensive and can include: 

  • Joint mobility loss 
  • Pain
  • Range of motion and flexibility issues
  • Thick/tight scar tissue
  • Lymphedema 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Poor balance
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Problems chewing or swallowing food
  • General fatigue
  • Osteoporosis

For physiotherapists, regaining mobility and function is an important focus. This remains true when working with someone affected by cancer. Experienced in treating and supporting patients through their cancer experience, Beth brings in a variety of techniques and treatments to minimize pain, build strength and confidence, and restore mobility, function and independence.

Working with a physiotherapist who is trained and experienced in supporting clients through treatment and recovery from cancer is an important part of effective cancer rehabilitation. It is my goal to help people regain their mobility, strength and independence so they can move forward with their lives feeling comfortable and confident.

Rehabilitation

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is a hands-on approach that may include gentle myofascial release, muscle manipulation, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and trigger point therapy.

Personal exercise Programming

Personal Exercise Programming complements and helps to maintain the results achieved with the other treatment techniques.  Once restricted areas are released, it is critical to retrain the brain to move properly and control your body.  As a physiotherapist experienced in supporting people affected by cancer, Beth will create a personalized series of movements and exercises that will help to support your treatment goals.

Acupuncture/Dry Needling

Acupuncture/Dry Needling uses very fine needles, inserted into specific points in the body to stimulate nerves, release tight/overactive muscles, and reduce pain.  All needles used are sterile and single-use.

Lymphedema Therapy (CDT) combines the use of compression therapy, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), skincare and exercise to effectively treat and manage lymphedema. Although lymphedema does not affect everyone who has had cancer, for some it will be a lifelong condition resulting from treatment. 

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information provided on this website is offered for educational purposes only and is based on the personal and professional knowledge of the author. Nothing on this website is offered as a substitute for medical care or to negate or replace any previously given medical instruction by a licensed or certified health care provider. Beth Hoag is Canadian-licenced physical therapist. By reading this material and/or registering or purchasing an online product or service, you acknowledge that you are not entering into an agreement for personal training, professional coaching, clinical health or direct physiotherapy care. You also acknowledge that you are free to make your own healthcare decisions.

By reading this and/ or purchasing any online products or services, you assume the liability and responsibility over how you utilize the information provided and will not hold Beth Hoag, Physiotherapist liable for any personal injury ensued in how you utilized this information. You are recommended to inform your current health care providers of any changes in your health status and discuss your health care decisions with them immediately upon deciding to change a prior prescribed plan of care.