Nov 122017
 

By Charu Fnu

With an increase in prevalence of Breast cancer, awareness of breast cancer – its causes, prevention, and treatment options has also increased.   October month is dedicated as Breast cancer awareness month when various foundations, groups, companies, and people like to come together to raise money and promote awareness of breast cancer.   The reason for all this attention to the Breast cancer is because it is the second most leading cause of death in women in United States.   This means that every 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.   According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming thousands of women’s lives each year and affecting most countries.   The good news is that Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.   There has also been major shift in the mindset of society with success not being measured as “cancer free” but also returning back to “pain free active lifestyle”.   With this emerging mind set, Physical therapists serve as valuable members of a multidisciplinary breast cancer team.

 
Physical Therapy plays a major role in rehabilitation both before and after breast cancer treatment.  The Physical therapist would perform a “pre-surgical screening evaluation” before the breast cancer treatment.  This is an important procedure as the physical therapist will gather baseline information regarding physical status which will assist the therapist in designing an individualized treatment program after breast cancer surgery as well as treatment through chemotherapy, radiation, initial and reconstructive therapies, and years afterwards if difficulties persist.

 
Women and men who have surgical procedures to remove cancerous tumors often experience pain and a decreased range-of-motion after surgery.   Swelling, or lymphedema, may also be a risk.   Working with a rehabilitation specialist before and after procedure can significantly impact functionality and pain levels as the patient recovers.   Post-Surgery Physical therapist helps the patient restore their mobility, manage their pain, limit and reduce lymphedema, improve function and help the patient go back to life.   Patients undergoing radiation therapy often experience tightening of skin, fascia and muscles. Physical therapy can help that through various stretching exercises, manual therapy and patient education to manage and improve flexibility. Exercise significantly improves attention, and memory in breast cancer patients.   Considering that many breast cancer patients suffer from ‘chemo brain’, a feeling of ‘fogginess’ or difficulty with thinking and memory that can occur after breast cancer treatment, Physical Therapy offers a nice recovery option.

 
Physical Therapy helps patients manage delayed complications as well.   Complications like Lymphedema can present within few years or even 30 years post breast cancer treatment.   Although there is no cure for Lymphedema, Physical Therapists can help normalize the size of the arm and help reduce the risk of infection.   Physical therapist can also prescribe compression garments to maintain reduced arm girth.   Fatigue is also another major complaint reported by 90 percent of the patient’s even years after breast cancer treatment.   Physical therapists can help the patient improve activity threshold with gradual exercise increment sessions.

 
In core, Physical therapy has a lot of offer for patients with breast cancer. It is important to remember that the goal of the multidisciplinary approach is to make Breast Cancer patients “live” and not just survive!!!

 
About the Author: Charu Fnu is a physical therapist with Spooner Physical Therapy. She is passionate about treating breast cancer warriors. She can be contacted at c.fnu@spoonerpt.com or 602-243-1476 if you have any questions in regards to breast cancer rehab.

Oct 102017
 

Control anxious thoughts before they harm your health.

Do what you can to help yourself be calm.

Put a smile in your heart.

Oct 082017
 

 

Reduce anxiety with gratitude.

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Oct 042017
 

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This has to do with health and wellness in many ways.  It can be considered positive peer pressure, a good influence, if it’s a good thing we are copying.  It can help us feel part of something bigger than ourselves.  It can help us adopt positive habits and ways, such as eating healthy.

Aug 282017
 

 

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Walking has so many benefits.  It’s good for physical health, but it also is good for emotional and mental health.  It can be done with very little cost and in so many different ways.  Walking with a partner is a good way to help each other keep to the routine.  Families walking together regularly will making habits that will last, and can even become a family tradition.

The CDC says,

Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.

The physical benefits can include weight loss, and an increase in stamina and muscle endurance.  You can help your weight loss efforts by taking an exercise bar about 30 – 45 minutes before you walk.  I use one that jump starts my body’s fat burning process and helps me get through my 45 minute walks.

  

Build up your walking routine slowly.   If you overdo it, it can result in sore muscles or even shin splints.   Always do warm up exercises and cool down exercises, stretching your muscles slowly and  carefully.

If you do over-work your muscles, use a good muscle cream to help sooth sore muscles and for deep, soothing pain relief.  I use a good one that contains camphor, menthol, methol salicylate and melaleuca oil.

If the weather doesn’t allow you to walk outside, go to a mall.

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Jul 312017
 

All of us experience anxiety to some degree and from time to time. If you are in the business of marketing, you are marketing yourself and your company’s products or services. If your anxiety occurs often and is significant enough, it can become an overwhelming obstacle. The longer it continues at that level the worse it can and will get.

Anxiety will not go away by itself. Like everything in life and your career, you must take positive personal steps to overcome it. Your personal and professional life will suffer immensely if you don’t do something to address it. The below article contains some exercises that can and will help you. You need to retrain your brain.

 Anxiety

There are some interesting perspectives here that can really help. They fall into several categories that begin with: Don’t even talk to anyone, and then talk to people while eliminating any chance of rejection. Be curious and ask genuine questions. The answers will follow, easily. Quiet your mental chatter in that moment. Your self-talk is more powerful than you think. Have fun play games and even bet your friends. Avoid over thinking. Fear is a gift of life. It means you’re still alive; you’re still breathing (even if it is heavy).

Like many lines of work, rejection exists within my business and therefore I am exposed to anxiety-related situations regularly. There is no question that approaching someone that I find attractive as a potential customer can trigger those feelings of anxiety. I HAVE TO overcome them. It is my livelihood. Remember, yes is a good answer, but no can be good because it is one step closer to the next yes. Do some positive things today that will help you overcome and enjoy a better life and career. Don’t let anxiety win. It is the most important battle you will fight.

https://www.nicknotas.com/blog/18-exercises-to-overcome-your-fear-of-meeting-people/

This article was written by MakeGreenGoGreen.com.