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Physical Wellness for Cancer Survivors

Recovery from cancer involves more than medical treatment. The healing process challenges people physically, mentally and emotionally. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer may involve dealing with fatigue, energy loss, stress, muscle weakness, depression and pain.

Exercise benefits people healing from cancer

Research shows that physical exercise and wellness programs have tremendous power to promote health and function. With proper instruction and pacing, people healing from cancer can enjoy the many health benefits of these programs including improved:

  • Body composition
  • Bone density
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Energy & endurance
  • Immune response
  • Pain control
  • Quality of life
         
  • Self-image & mood
  • Sense of control
  • Sleep
  • Strength & flexibility
  • Treatment tolerance
  • Weight management

Safe, gentle, and professionally-designed, these programs taught by licensed physical therapists help patients exercise safely and effectively both during and after cancer treatment.

All patients with a diagnosis of cancer are welcome, and no prior exercise experience is needed to benefit from these programs. All programs are adapted to meet each person's unique needs, physical limitations and stage of treatment. Personalized attention helps people do more, without overdoing. Thorough instruction empowers survivors to implement the programs independently after completion of each class.

Class Schedules

Aerobics - One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.
This class incorporates aerobic dance and interval training to provide cardiovascular and general muscle toning benefits.

Strength and Weight Training - One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.
This class covers total body strengthening, utilizing free weights for weight resistance.

Pilates - One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.
This class emphasizes breathing exercise to assist in stress reduction, flexibility to regain range of motion and improved core strength and mobility.

Basic Yoga - One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.

For More Information/Class Registration

Call Methodist Hospital Physical Therapy at (402) 354-0847.

This program is made possible by Harper's Hope.

 

    For Information & Class Registration

    Methodist Hospital Physical Therapy
    (402) 354-0847