This week is Exercise Right week, a week highlighting the importance of knowing what exercise is right for you, and who to speak to for help.
With yesterday also being the Cancer Council’s annual Australian Morning Tea to raise money and awareness of cancer, we thought we'd explain how we can help with your exercise needs if you are suffering from cancer.
The vital funding towards research and treatment for this horrendous disease means that we know how important exercise can be for cancer sufferers.
How does exercise help?
Exercising during chemotherapy has been shown to reduce the fatigue and nausea usually experienced throughout the treatment. It also helps boost the immune system, which is really important for making sure you stay as well as you can.
An exercise program, like the one we now offer here at Wolli Creek Physiotherapy, can mean improved muscle mass, physical function and physical activity levels. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.
The side effects caused by treatment can make exercising difficult, even if you exercised regularly before. This does mean the amount or intensity of your exercise will vary depending on how you feel: But even a little bit of exercise is recommended.
Where to start…
Recommended exercises can depend on the type of cancer and your side effects, so it is always best to speak to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist before you begin. Our Exercise Physiologist is always happy to answer any questions or conduct an initial screening.
You should also get the all-clear from your practitioner before you begin any exercise.
What precautions should I take?
If you are undergoing chemotherapy, or have a lower white blood cell count, you need to be mindful of infections. This does mean avoiding public places, like gyms.
Low bone density can be a side effect of treatment, so it might be best to avoid any high impact exercises.
Start slowly, and build yourself up: managing your fatigue is really important and will take some time to get used to.
What types of exercise might I do?
Aerobic exercises – These will help movement without becoming out of breath and will decrease the side effects of anti-cancer therapy
Strengthening exercises – To maintain and restore your muscles and physical function
Flexibility – Stretching the muscles to help any restriction from treatment such as radiation, steroids or surgery
Resistance – To work on physical function and improve bone density
Where can I go?
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy we have just started an Active Recovery for Cancer class with our Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Isabella.
For more information you can call us on 0295679452
To join the class, or for a one-on-one with Isabella, click here to book.
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.