Physiotherapy plays an important role in cancer treatment – Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
 In Lifehouse News

You might not associate physiotherapy with cancer treatment. But physiotherapy is about repairing damage, improving mobility, reducing pain and stiffness and improving quality of life.

It is an important factor in recovering from cancer as it works to strengthen and heal the body. Many people with cancer experience physical difficulties, such as problems with strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Physiotherapy is the use of manual therapies and evidence-based care to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a variety of health conditions and movement disorders. The techniques used can assist recovery by helping to rebuild weakened tissue.

Our physiotherapists work with people following surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. They can help minimise long and short-term side effects and also prevent unnecessary disability. They also promote healthy behaviours such as physical activity and weight-control.

To encourage our patients to get mobile after surgery, we ask them to bring comfortable clothes instead of pyjamas, and get out of bed as soon as they can and move around.

These are just some of the issues that physiotherapy can help with:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Lymphoedema
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Falls prevention
  • Pelvic floor muscle function
  • Incontinence
  • Sexual function

Physiotherapists play an important educational role during and after cancer treatments and in helping promote a proactive approach for patients.

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