Additional Therapies For Cancer Rehabilitation

by Lime Physical Therapy North Lakes | Mar 24, 2015

Woman doing yoga in long grass

Rates of complementary and alternative medicine usage in women with breast cancer are high (70%–80%).

Mind-body therapies, are defined by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as ‘interventions designed to facilitate the mind’s capacity to affect bodily functions and symptoms. Meditation, imagery, and yoga are the most commonly used mind-body therapies.Evidence is strong that mind-body therapies improve mood, quality of life, treatment-related side effects and sleep in cancer patients. 

Benefits of yoga include increased muscular strength, flexibility, range of motion, energy, relaxation, and sense of well-being, decreased pain, improved sleep quality, stress reduction, and control over physiological parameters. Reports of yoga for patients with cancer suggest physical and psychological benefits. Significant improvements have been seen for fatigue, depression and improved health-related quality of life. Additional recent studies of yoga in persons with cancer (primarily breast cancer) suggest enhanced health-related quality of life and decreased depression, anxiety, distress, symptoms, and sleep difficulties.

At Lime Physical Therapy we offer yoga classes for our cancer clients throughout their journey. If you have any further questions please contact us on 07 3188 9308.

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