Cancer Rehabilitation

12 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.