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 weight
  • Manage cancer-related fatigue
  • Preserve bone density
  • Improve mood
  • Improve body image
  • Protect against cancer-related cognitive decline
  • Prevent some types of cancer
  • Reduce the risk of recurrence
  • Improve the effectiveness of treatment
  • Manage 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:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Metabolic
  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cancer
  • Kidney
  • Respiratory/Pulmonary
  • Mental Health

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: 

  • Smoking
  • Cholesterol
  • High Blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity 
  • Being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Poor 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.

The Physio Clinic is excited to be launching free walking groups across all 3 of our locations! We were joined by some of our patients and team members for our first group of the year, on Saturday the 27th of March at Victoria Park. 

Walking provides several health benefits including but not limited to: 

  • Increased cardiovascular and respiratory (heart and lung) fitness  
  • Improved management of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol
  • Improved mental health and cognitive function 
  • Improved balance
  • Increased muscle mass, strength and endurance
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As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our community for your continued support throughout this year. 

Our clinic hours will vary over this holiday season, as our team enjoys a well-deserved break. We have outlined these changes below, and encourage people to book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on an appointment. 
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Before attending your next appointment, please complete the following questionnaire to ensure that you are adhering to current government protocols.

COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

  • Are you feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have you had close contact* with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)? *Face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes, or have shared an enclosed space for more than two hours.
  • Are you under the direction to quarantine or self isolate?
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Olivia graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from Flinders University in 2017.

As a physiotherapist, she has a keen interest in helping people recover from recent injury or chronic pain conditions, as well as a passion for healthy aging and creating positive exercise experiences for all clients.

Outside of the clinic, Olivia also works in the community as a sports physiotherapist for Hectorville Football club, and in her spare time she can be found ballet dancing and enjoying yoga.

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Angela has specialised her career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in London where she has worked with patients ranging from those with acute sporting injuries, complex musculoskeletal issues, pre and postnatal women, and chronic pain.

She combines the most up to date evidence based techniques including manual therapies, dry needling, rehabilitation and education to ensure you achieve all of your movement goals to get you back to living life to the fullest.

She has a keen passion for Pilates, hiking and loves baking up a storm in the kitchen.

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Angelique graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2019.

Throughout her studies and beyond, she gained a special interest in neurological conditions and the impact that physiotherapy can have on rehabilitation. She also has a keen interest in paediatric physiotherapy, and strives to empower children and their families/caregivers to achieve their goals. Read more