Physical Therapy for Cancer and Mesothelioma Patients
Posted on February 21 2018
Post contributed by Virgil Anderson and used with permission.
Exercise and Physical Therapy - A Helpful Approach to Cancer and Mesothelioma
Exercising may not have been a way of life before cancer, but many patients view it differently after a diagnosis. Performing any activities that get the heart rate going are always beneficial for the human body. This scenario is especially true during cancer recovery. As patients fight lung cancer of the lining or mesothelioma, they can turn to physical therapy and exercise as tools to ward off any further tumors.
A Team Effort
Cancer patients thrive when they go through physical therapy treatment because it's a team effort. Dealing with any serious disease tends to isolate patients. They feel like they're the only ones fighting this health battle. A treatment session changes that perspective because there's at least one other person rooting for the patient. A positive mindset is an important tool during any recovery phase. It simply forces the patient to work harder for their survival. Gaining a wider perspective of the diagnosis opens up the mind to further opportunities, such as walking an extra block around the neighborhood instead of remaining sedentary.
Improving Blood Flow
According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, getting the circulation going is a critical part to cancer recovery. Exercise forces the heart to move blood across every tissue. Patients breathe faster, which adds more oxygen to the tissues too. This extra oxygen allows the tissues to heal and regenerate cells on a regular basis. It's possible to ward off cancer relapse by focusing on aerobic exercises that get the blood flowing almost every day. Oxygenated tissues have every resource to stay healthy with this scenario.
Encouraging Restful Nights
If patients rest for most of the day, the body has no need to fall into a deep sleep at night. By focusing on daily workouts, cancer patients benefit from better sleep. The body heals itself by secreting hormones during this period. Losing out on only one, good night's sleep will make an impact on cancer recovery. A moderate workout each day, including a walk in the park, invigorates the mind and body. As the body comes down from the effort, it positively responds to a darkening horizon as melatonin and rest come easily in the night.
Increasing Muscle Mass
Cancer patients lose an incredible volume of muscle mass during treatment, reports Mercola. It's critical to regain this muscle as recovery continues. The muscle supports the bones and offers metabolic regularity to the diet. Patients have more energy to deal with their recovery, which leads to a rapid return to normal activities. Feeling down with a weakened body can be solved with some resistance training built into a daily routine.
The life expectancy of any cancer patient is dependent on so many variables that only a doctor can narrow down an actual time frame for each individual. Keeping up with a solid, workout program and visiting the doctor on a regular basis are two of the best ways to fight off relapse. Every patient can have an improved quality of life with health as a top priority.
If you or someone you love is recovering from cancer, Fit Physical Therapy is here to help improve strength, stamina, and quality of life. Come in for a personalized consultation and we'll work together to map out a plan together.
Yours for improved life quality,
Dr. Christian Jones, Littleton Peak Clinic
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