Pilates – The Wonder Drug for those Living with Cancer

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Every year in the UK hundreds of millions of pounds is spent on drugs to help prevent and treat cancer but according to Macmillan Cancer Support there is another  ‘wonder drug’ that is low cost and can significantly help prevent cancer recurrence and also other long-term illnesses.

What is it? Exercise

As Macmillan Cancer Support writes

“Until recently cancer was seen as something you were either cured of or which killed you. This has now changed and for many of the two million people now living with cancer it has become a long term condition – but they are not necessarily living well.

After treatment, learning to live with cancer is tough. Severe fatigue, depression, or reduced muscle strength can be immediate effects. People may not realise that heart problems and osteoporosis in later life are unfortunate consequences of cancer treatment.

So it is incredible to think that just by taking the simple step of getting involved in physical activity, cancer patients could possibly be helping themselves to overcome or even prevent these problems. What’s more, in some cases it can significantly reduce the risk of dying from the disease.”

As a Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, I am delivering a  programme that is unique to the island and harnesses the benefits of Pilates to develop an exercise programme that can bring many benefits. These could include the following:

•Regain Strength and Mobility in the Affected Shoulder & Arm
•Promotes Lymphatic Drainage, Helping to Prevent Lymphedema
•Improves Functional Ability & Quality of Life
•Enhances & Restores Energy Levels
•Assists in Restoring Posture
•Decreases Stress & Anxiety
•Alleviates Pain & Swelling
Pilates is also know to be restorative and gentle for clients who have osteoporosis, a common side effect of some cancer therapies.
My classes are specially designed to allow woman who have undergone breast surgery – be that recently or many years ago- to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery. The exercises will help stretch and strengthen the shoulders, chest, back, and abdominal muscles and are suitable for most. Pilates can also accommodate all fitness levels and is ideal for those who cannot tolerate high impact exercise.
More than that, my  unique small group classes will also offer a chance to meet other people with whom to share the recovery journey in a positive environment. Pilates can be a wonderful, gentle way to live better with a long term health condition and is suitable for both men and women.

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