EXERCISE AND CANCER
Welcome to The Physio Clinic
At The Physio Clinic, our aim is to get you back to work, sport and life faster. Our focus is to provide personalised care, empower you through education and help you achieve long lasting results.
We’re a South Australian owned and operated group of physio practices, established in 2002. Our qualified physiotherapists are highly experienced and seek to listen, understand and work with you to achieve your goals.
Our clinics are committed to being at the forefront of delivering evidence-based treatment, and have forged a strong reputation based on quality and wide ranging services.
We are proud to offer a variety of physiotherapists across our locations who have completed further studies in the science of pain and in the treatment of pain using a combination of hands-on and exercise based treatment..
It is estimated that 150,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer per year. However, advances in detection and treatment technologies mean that more and more people are surviving. The effects of cancer and its treatments can be ongoing, and may have large impacts on cancer survivor’s quality of life.
Exercise is an effective method of helping to manage these effects and has the power to:
Maintain body weightManage cancer-related fatiguePreserve bone densityImprove moodImprove body imageProtect against cancer-related cognitive declinePrevent some types of cancerReduce the risk of recurrenceImprove the effectiveness of treatmentManage the risk of developing other conditions
Engaging in exercise is an important aspect of maintaining your health. It is recommended that you try to complete 20 minutes or more of aerobic exercise (e.g. walking, swimming, cycling) on most days of the week, and strength training twice per week. This may seem like a lot, but start small with what you can manage, and gradually build up over time.
It is normal to have fluctuations in energy day to day, and you will find some days will be harder than others, but even completing a few minutes of exercise each day will be beneficial. Finding activities you enjoy doing, and exercising with others can help in finding the motivation to be active.
Exercise is most effective when the amount and type are specific to the individual. There are some factors that may need a little extra consideration when exercising with cancer, including the type, stage and treatment, as they may affect what exercise will be safe and most beneficial. Assessments conducted in clinic will help us to confirm your safety to engage in particular types and intensities of exercise.
We have a team of Physiotherapists and an Exercise Physiologist who have special interests in working with people with cancer. They have done additional training in this area, and are passionate about working with you to help you achieve your goals.
If you feel you may need extra help in finding suitable and safe exercise for you, feel free to call the clinic on 8342 1233 or book online.
Lauren Blake - Exercise Physiologist
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals. They program, deliver and evaluate safe and effective, evidence-based exercise interventions to assist in the management of a variety of medical conditions, injuries and disabilities.
Exercise Physiologists work with a range of people; from healthy individuals looking to increase their exercise, to those with medical conditions that may benefit from exercise management. Some categories of conditions commonly treated by Exercise Physiologists include, but are not limited to:
They conduct clinical exercise assessments, which allow for the monitoring and confirmation that individuals have a safe response to exercise. Exercise Physiologists will also provide education around exercise to enhance confidence in the ability to regain control and independence.
You do not need a referral to access Exercise Physiology services! Your private health insurance may provide cover, however, we recommend you check your insurance policy to confirm. Alternatively, if you are someone who has a chronic health condition, you may be eligible to access the service through Medicare and we suggest you discuss this with your GP. As an allied health profession, Exercise Physiology is also funded and accessible through the NDIS, DVA, work cover and third party schemes.
If you are interested in finding out about how Exercise Physiology may help you, we invite you to call the clinic or book online!
Lauren Blake - Exercise Physiologist
Heart Week occurred this month.Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in Australia, causing 1 in 4 deaths and hospitalising one Australian every minute. Many risk factors associated with Heart Disease can be modified with lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk.
Positively, the incidence of cardiovascular disease is decreasing thanks to research into risk factors, medications and interventions. Modifiable risk factors are things you can change to reduce the risk of developing a condition. For heart disease these include:
SmokingCholesterolHigh Blood pressurePhysical inactivity Being overweightDiabetesStressExcessive alcohol consumptionPoor diet
Regular physical activity and exercise are some of the most important things you can do to protect your heart, as it targets several of the risk factors listed above including cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, diabetes and stress. Exercising regularly ensures that your heart muscles are strong and efficient. As little as 10 minutes on most days of the week can result in beneficial changes for your health.
Choosing activities that you enjoy and exercising with others can be great ways to get started. If you experience any chest pain, dizziness, difficulty breathing or irregular heart beats, stop immediately and seek medical advice. If you have any pre-existing health issues and would like guidance on getting started with a safe and individualised exercise program, you can book an appointment with our Exercise Physiologist by calling the clinic on 8342 1233 or booking online.
Written by Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Lauren Blake.