Cancer Rehabilitation

At Ratoath Physiotherapy, we offer the PINC Cancer Rehabilitation programme with the aim of improving the strength, quality of life and sense of wellbeing of women diagnosed with cancer. It is specifically designed to help maximise recovery, regain physical and emotional strength and improve body confidence.

The Cancer Rehabilitation programme accommodates all ages, fitness levels and mobility levels. It is suitable for all cancer types before, during and after any cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and surgery.

Our PINC Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist Rachel assesses each patient individually for physical impairments and the effects of their treatment. She then works with each patient to create a rehabilitation programme to suit their particular stage in recovery.

What we aim to do:

Optimise physical and functional recovery
Ease pain and muscular tension
Regain strength and mobility
Increase energy levels and improve breathing
Strengthen core muscles and improve posture
Improve physical functioning and maintain independence
Reclaim body confidence and control
Reduce treatment related side effects e.g pain, nausea and fatigue

What we can offer:

Manual physiotherapy
Physical and functional assessments
Fatigue management
Resistance training
Individualised exercise prescription

Why is exercise important?

Unfortunately, cancer treatments commonly cause many patients to develop unwanted side effects which can lead to significant negative impacts on quality of life. Research has shown that remaining active is an integral part in your recovery from cancer and overcoming unwanted side effects. Physical activity can improve both the physical and emotional wellbeing of cancer patients. Exercise during cancer treatment is associated with a decrease in treatment-induced symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and pain. Exercise has also been shown to improve strength, fitness, physical function, range of motion and immune function. Psychological side effects such as low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, have also been shown to improve with exercise.

A 2017 review (Cormie et al.) of over 100 research studies showed that:
Exercise after a cancer diagnosis is associated with a reduction in cancer-related death by up to 44%
Exercise may also reduce the risk of cancer recurrence by up to 35%
Exercise is thenumber one treatment for the most common and debilitating side effects of cancer