Cancer effects so many of us and we are all touched by someone with cancer. I want to support you on your cancer journey by offering individualized exercise programming, education & guidance. I am passionate about helping people, particularly by staying active & strong throughout cancer treatment & recovery as there are so many amazing benefits in doing so. I am here for you on your cancer treatment & recovery journey so let’s take charge through exercise! I look forward to supporting you during this tough time.
Your exercise program should be tailored to your specific needs. One size does not fit all! Your individualized programming is progressive, with measurable milestones which will give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
There are many factors that are important in long-term survival from cancer. They include consuming a heart-healthy diet and regular physical activity.
Don’t stop moving! Exercise has become an important part of a cancer treatment plan. Research confirms that exercising can help you not just survive but thrive during and after cancer.
Research also show that regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health during every phase of treatment. There are no harmful effects on patients with cancer from moderate exercise and in fact, has demonstrated that those who exercised regularly had 40% to 50% less fatigue, the primary complaint during treatment.
It is well
known that exercise during chemotherapy can lessen treatment-related side effects, such as fatigue, pain and nausea.”
- Anne M. May, PhD
University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
My Role as a Cancer Exercise Specialist
Prevent, identify, and manage lymphedema
Increase range of motion
Correct postural deviations
Correct muscle imbalances
Functional and Balance training
Improve overall physical strength and flexibility
Reduce pain and fatigue
Design, prescribe and teach personalized programs
Create individualized exercise programming
There is a Process that Needs to Be Followed
As a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, I am trained to take into consideration:
Type of cancer
Surgical procedures and treatments performed
Acute and chronic side effects (including fatigue, compromised immunity, lymphedema, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, nausea)
Exercise precautions and modifications
and it’s treatment are often associated with negative side effects that diminish the quality of life. Overall, studies have consistently demonstrated that physical exercise following cancer diagnosis has a positive effect on the quality of life.”
- Dr. Kerry Courneya
University of Alberta,
Individualized Programming Includes
Postural assessment to determine muscle imbalances that may cause pain and degeneration of the joints
Range of motion assessment to determine limitations in joint range of motion following cancer surgery and treatment
Balance and core stability assessment
Girth measurements to monitor for lymphedema
Personalized program to correct imbalances and prevent future degeneration while helping you to return to your pre-treatment level of strength and fitness
Goals, Benefits and Results
In recent years, exercise has become part of the standard care during the treatment, recovery, and survivorship of cancer clients.
Unique and individualized exercise programming will help to improve your ability to cope with the mental stress and physical side effects following cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Starting or maintaining an exercise program can make you stronger both mentally and physically and can have a positive effect on your quality of life. Oncologists recommend an exercise program to help with improving or maintaining your strength and endurance before, during and after most cancer treatments.
Keep or improve physical abilities
Improve balance, lower risk of falls and broken bones
Keep muscles from wasting due to inactivity
Lower the risk of heart disease
Lessen the risk of osteoporosis
Decrease risk of future cancers
Less dependency on others for help with normal activities of daily living
Lower the risk of being anxious and depressed
Lessen symptoms of tiredness and fatigue
Improve blood flow to the legs and lower risk of blood clots
Help control weight
Improve quality of life