Approximately 14 million new cancer conditions are diagnosed every year worldwide. Cancer treatments tend to be very aggressive, causing the patient physical issues such as fatigue, tightness, weakness, and pain.
- Generalized Weakness
- Poor Balance
- Muscle Tightness
- Joint Stiffness
- Difficulty Walking
- Numbness in Hands and Feet
- Swelling of Face, Arms, Trunk, and Legs
- Mood Changes
The American Cancer Society recommends frequent physical activity for those patients who are undergoing cancer treatments. Frequent physical activity improves endurance, strength, enhances mood, and decreases fatigue.
Physical Therapy Before and After Surgery in Cancer Patients
Physical Therapy plays an important role in patient care with cancer both before and after surgery.
Physical therapy educates patients on how to address the side effects of chemo, radiotherapy, and cancer medication before surgery.
Physical Therapy helps patients with the healing process of the incision site, by improving circulation, reducing the formation of scars or adhesion, decreasing pain, and decreasing inflammation.
Physical Therapy restores flexibility, helps cancer patients to heal faster, and allows them to stay as independent as possible.
Physical Therapy and Mood Changes in Cancer Patients.
Doctor Alexandra uses breathing techniques and a holistic approach on top of her manual skillful techniques to help patients with cancer to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.