PHYSIOTHERAPY

Our trained physiotherapists work alongside the cancer coach to create a plan exclusively based on your needs and requirements. With our physiotherapist, you can get the support you need to manage your treatment journey properly.

Why do we need physiotherapy?

Cancer and its treatment are associated with several physical impacts and symptoms. These symptoms significantly reduce one’s quality of life. Sometimes, these symptoms could continue for several years after treatment as well.

Cancer treatment is often accompanied by several physiological symptoms including fatigue, muscle cramps, oedema, immobility, and bone destruction. Some cancers could also reduce bone quality and cause an increased risk of fractures and disability.

Lymphoedema is a common side effect of several cancers. It is the swelling of the limbs of the body which is caused by the damage to the lymph nodes by cancer treatment. In elderly patients, conditions such as arthritis and peripheral neuropathy start to afflict the patient. Additionally, patients with cancer could also have issues with managing pain. Excessive weight gain or loss could also present as a problem for several patients.

Even those who are post-treatment develop side effects. For instance, after radiation, tightness of the muscle exposed to radiation is common. Post-surgery, patients have to actively work on regaining movement at joints in the part of the body that underwent surgery.

These side effects play a large role in the mental and physical wellbeing of the patient and consequently, contribute to their response to treatment as well. Fear of pain or side effects could lead to inactivity and lifelong disability. Physiotherapy-led exercises help in relieving these symptoms over a period of time, and also help in patients regaining a sense of control over their bodies.

Evidence also shows that regular exercise reduces the risk of mortality and cancer recurrence. Including physiotherapy-led exercises could prevent disability and aid in response to treatment too. Physiotherapy has also shown to reduce the length of a patient’s stay within the hospital. At large, exercise helps in improving the quality of life of patients.

How does a physiotherapist help

Earlier, doctors recommended against physical activity after the diagnosis of most chronic illnesses. It was a belief that physical activity would make the condition deteriorate further. However, recent research not just says that exercise is good, it also says that exercise is essential.

But, exercise could be a generic term, and the exact form of exercise that needs to be employed varies for every patient based on their diagnosis, treatment and side effects. This is where a specialised professional physiotherapist plays a role.

The aim of physiotherapy for cancer patients varies based on their stage of treatment. For several patients, the goal of physiotherapy is to stay fit and healthy through the period of treatment.

For some patients, exercise is implemented based on restorative care – to ensure minimal functional impairment. For a few patients, supportive care is the aim to address the difficulties they face as part of treatment. Physiotherapy is also recommended for terminal patients, where the target is to reduce complications and pain.

While generic information about physiotherapy is available online, these specialised goals require a qualified professional to understand the nature of cancer in order to create an exercise plan. With specific conditions such as lymphoedema and muscle-wasting, a professional is vital to help prevent the condition from deteriorating further. Our physiotherapists are trained to employ knowledge of the disease while addressing the individual’s needs

Benefits of Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapist works along with the doctor to create a customised plan based on your needs. At large, working on physiotherapy-led exercises has several benefits.

    Physiotherapy
  • Reduces side effects of surgery such as lymphedema, debilitation and fatigue
  • Eases peripheral neuropathy symptoms
  • Relieves from symptoms of pain through soft tissue mobility and strengthening
  • Reduces inflammation and improves immune system function
  • Mobilises the individual to improve physical strength
  • Balances the emotional state of the individual
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Prevents long-term disability
  • Reduces the risk of mortality
  • Improves response to treatment
  • Manages pain
  • Lowers the risk of osteoporosis
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Keeps muscles from wasting due to inactivity
  • Improves blood flow
  • Manages weight
  • Maintains individual independence
  • Reduces the chance of recurrence
  • Reduces future health complications
  • Improves self-esteem and quality of life

At large, physiotherapy-led exercise gives patients a chance to gain control over their bodies, which improves self-management of the disease and treatment

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Do you have any queries on how our physiotherapists could help you or your family member/friend? Please feel free to call us at 1800 120 2676.