Brampton Physiotherapy + Wellness Institute will begin to offer the CancerSmart Rehab program in 2013.
The CancerSmart Rehab Program is a safe rehabilitative exercise program that can help cancer patients to enhance mobility, increase strength and lesson some of the side effects of cancer and its treatment. The program involves interval training (aerobic and resistance training) and is appropriate for cancer patients who are at any stage of treatment. Participants receive a customized program that is tailored to their unique needs and concerns. Manual therapies are incorporated as needed.
Recent medical research clearly indicates that exercise in an important tool in the recuperative process for cancer patients. To date research has focused on patients with breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. The research shows that exercise is beneficial before, during and after treatment. Specifically exercise has been shown to:
- Reduce the risk of cancer returning
- Manage symptoms (e.g. pain, nausea, fatigue)
- Improve treatment compliance (patients who exercise are more likely to complete treatment without interruption)
- Improve emotional well-being and quality of life.
CancerSmart was developed by the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation in response to growing evidence of the importance of exercise for cancer patients. Wellspring understood that Individuals living with cancer have unique concerns when it comes to exercise and that these needs were not being met.
Many cancer patients are uncomfortable exercising. They are self-conscious about scars, hair loss, mastectomies, ostomy bags and other changes they may have experienced due to treatment. They fear getting hurt. The CancerSmart Rehab program aims to provide a safe environment where cancer patients can exercise and feel as though they belong.
For more information, contact Brampton Physiotherapy + Wellness Institute at 905.595.3480.