cancer rehabilitation centre

Many survivors of cancer experience lasting, adverse effects caused by either their disease or its treatment. Rehab interventions, both established and new, often can reverse or ameliorate the impairments (body function and structure) found in these patients. Oncology rehabilitation has long been a part of the management of cancer, but with increased survivorship, these efforts have evolved from simple supportive and palliative care to now include complex rehabilitation interventions designed to restore the integrity of organ structure and function, to remediate functional loss, and to adapt to the environment to allow full participation in daily activities and life roles.

Cancer Rehabilitation helps people regain these abilities and maintain independence.

Disorders across the domains of body structure and function, activities, and participation are referred to as impairments, limitations, and restrictions, respectively.

Oncology Rehabilitation Goals:

  • Improve physical strength. This can offset limitations caused by cancer and cancer treatment.
  • Increase your ability to care for oneself. This reduces the amount of support needed from caregivers.
  • Adjust to actual, perceived, and potential losses.
  • Reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Manage symptoms of cancer and its treatment. These may include fatigue, sleep problems, and pain.
  • Reduce hospital stays.

Oncology patients have unique health needs throughout treatment. Physical therapists provide cancer rehab programs to help increase patient’s strength and build endurance.

Conditions:

Cancer can be very hard on the body. Effective rehabilitation, if incorporated before, during and after the treatment, can help patients fight back and treat the below health conditions associated with the disease:

  • Fatigue
  • Physical Weakness
  • Poor endurance
  • Decline in balance
  • Postural changes
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Numbness in feet/hands

Why only AktivHealth?

“Your cancer isn’t like anyone else’s – and your treatment shouldn’t be, either.”

We, at AktivHealth, provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary program developed to provide rehabilitation to all cancer patients and survivors in need, whether you are newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment. We personalize treatment plans to the individual based on each person’s goals and experiences. Our primary goal is to improve daily function and quality of life for the cancer survivor. We create customized programs to address a wide range of symptoms and diagnosis for each type of cancer. Our experienced team of therapists and physicians work with individuals to address rehabilitation needs for a variety of conditions including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Poor endurance
  • Decline in balance
  • Postural changes
  • Joint stiffness
  • Pain
  • Difficulty with walking
  • Numbness in feet or hands
  • Scar tissue restriction

We are uniquely qualified to understand the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on daily life. Our team includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and nutritionists as well as Physiatrists (Rehabilitation doctors) who will work with Oncologists to ensure the most appropriate course of treatment. Here are the range of Cancer rehabilitation therapies we offer to our patients:

  1. Physical therapy: As part of your cancer treatment, our physical therapists may help design an individualized exercise program that combines range-of-motion training with light resistance exercises. These therapeutic exercises aim to reduce fatigue and improve physical function, safety and well-being.
  2. Occupational therapy: Our occupational therapists are available to help you with daily living activities that are important to your routine and quality of life, such as dressing, showering and eating (mouth opening).
  3. Speech and language pathology: Many cancer patients may benefit from speech and language pathology. Therapists address problems you may be experiencing, including dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of voice and cognitive changes that often result from cancer treatment.
  4. Manual therapy: Our trained manual therapists may offer techniques designed to help reduce your cancer-related pain and improve your quality of life during your cancer treatment. Some manual therapy options include:
  • Myofacial release
  • Soft-tissue manipulation with passive stretching
  • Spine mobilizing tecniques
  • Joint mobilization
  • Effleurage massage
  • Friction
  • Trigger point release therapy
  1. Lymphedema prevention and treatment: Lymphedema occurs when fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling. Our specialized rehabilitation team specific to lymphedema provides various to prevent lymphedema or reduce the swelling associated with it.
  2. Additional services and programs: We offer several additional services and programs that are designed to promote recovery and improve your quality of life after radiation therapy, surgery or drug-based treatments. They include:
  • Programs to address sexuality concerns
  • Programs to address incontinence
  • Weight management/movement program
  • Healthy lifestyle coaching
  • Support for fatigue and sleep disturbances