Exercise for cancer is an important part of the healing process.
Cancer takes a toll on your mind, body, and overall health more than any other disease. Going through treatments can weaken your muscles and cause fatigue. In earlier years of cancer research, it was said that rest and and reduced physical activity would help the treatment process. As medicine progresses, we now know that this is not often the case.
There’s growing evidence that physical activity improves quality of life and eases some cancer-related fatigue. More, it can help fend off a serious decline in physical function that can last long after therapy is finished. According to the American Cancer Society, exercise and quality of life go hand-in-hand.
“Exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, but it can improve how well you function physically and your quality of life.”
The American Cancer Society stressed how important exercise both during and after treatment. In order for your body to heal, it needs to regain its strength. By continuing exercise during treatment, your body can better maintain its normal function. Exercise recommended all depends on your diagnosis, the stage of cancer, and your overall stamina level.
The physical therapists at ECRC Physical Therapy are experts in prescribing appropriate exercise and they are also very familiar with the issues cancer patients experience.
Contact ECRC Physical Therapy if you or a loved one could benefit from an exercise program.