How Can Regular Exercise Help During Cancer Treatment?

by Michelle White, Physiotherapist, Lime Physical Therapy | Sep 16, 2015

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The benefits of regular exercise and healthy lifestyle practices for cancer survivors are well reported and yet many survivors are not doing enough. Due to the harsh nature of the treatments the cancer survivors undergo they are often dealing with significant fatigue, physical disability and reductions in overall quality of life. However the benefits of exercise by far outweigh the negatives.

Exercise can help during cancer treatment in many ways such as;

  • Keep or improve your physical abilities
  • Better balance, lower falls risks and broken bones
  • Keep muscles from wasting due to inactivity
  • Lower the risks of heart disease
  • Lessen the risk of osteoporosis
  • Improve blood flow to legs and lower risk of blood clots
  • Make you less dependent on others to do normal activities of daily living
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Lower the risk of anxiety or depression
  • Lessen nausea
  • Improve your ability to keep social contacts
  • Fewer symptoms of tiredness (fatigue)
  • Help you control your weight
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Assist with lymphedema management under guidance

At Lime Physical Therapy we run Cancer rehabilitation small group classes with trained Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapists.

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