Physiotherapy And Cancer Rehabilitation

How can physiotherapy assist cancer rehabilitation?

At Fitwise Physiotherapy, we are proud to have certified PINC cancer rehabilitation physiotherapists and lymphoedema practitioners. Along with the best quality medical treatment, we advocate that physical rehabilitation is a very important part of cancer care. In saying that, our PINC physiotherapists understand that one size does not fit all, every person’s journey through recovery is different, even those diagnosed with the same type and stage. That is why individualised care is essential and working with a physiotherapist can be very beneficial.  All types of cancer treatment and cancer itself has an impact on the body. Our role as physiotherapists will be to advise on what can be done to overcome the effects to help maximize recovery and overall well-being.

How does our PINC rehabilitation program work?

You start with a 40-minute initial consultation with one of our PINC physiotherapists. This consult will include a detailed assessment and goal setting session. This information helps form the structure of your rehabilitation program.

You are welcome to approach us at any stage of your cancer management, for ease, we have broken it down into 3 stages:

Post-Surgery Phase:

Post-surgery management involves using our skills in manual therapy and exercise prescription to restore normal range of motion.

Treatment Phase:

During chemotherapy, radiotherapy and at the conclusion of these treatments, we are focused on prescribing an appropriate dosage of exercise that assists in improving energy, mood, strength and endurance.

Fitness Phase:

We are aware that the effects of cancer treatments often outlive the period of receiving treatment and can then result in other health issues.  The third stage of management is a fitness stage, where we promote exercise as an integrated part of your lifestyle. We offer group and 1:1 exercise session’s that will help guide you back to fitness. All group sessions are run by PINC physiotherapists and you work off your prescribed, individual program that has been written based on your initial assessment.

If you or someone you love is going through cancer treatment and working with a physiotherapist is of interest, we’d be delighted to help you. Speak to your specialist or GP about the PINC program or call our rooms on 9822 4999 (Armadale) 9486 0512 (East Melbourne) to speak with our friendly team.

For more information about the PINC program, please visit their website HERE

Before signing off, we will mention that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – to donate or participate, you can view their website HERE

Dennise Smith
Senior Physiotherapist (Certified PINC Physiotherapist) 
Consulting at our East Melbourne and Armadale practice

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