Regular exercise is an important factor in anyone’s overall health and well-being – that includes patients suffering from or recovering from breast cancer. Many patients assume that cancer patients should constantly be at rest in order to recover, but exercise can actually help breast cancer patients as they work through treatment and recovery. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about how regular exercise can help breast cancer patients in their recovery.
Breast Cancer Exercise & Physical Therapy
Regular exercise can have a lot of positive benefits for breast cancer patients. Here are some of the biggest benefits:
- It can help patients tolerate chemotherapy better
- It can reduce the negative side effects of cancer drug treatments such as fatigue, nausea, and depression
- It can build muscle mass and bone strength
- It can significantly reduce arm swelling (lymphedema) after breast cancer surgery
Working with a Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
Although exercise can positively influence your treatment and recovery, it’s important to be strategic about how much and what type of exercise you’re engaging in. A trained physical therapist that specializes in breast cancer rehabilitation can help develop exercise routines that will help you through your treatment and recovery.
Twin Cities Breast Cancer Physical Therapy
At OrthoRehab Specialists, we work hand-in-hand with each of our patients to develop the best treatment plan for their situation. Treating patients for the past twenty-five years, our physical therapists have developed referral relationships with over 600 local providers. We are honored that these physicians and surgeons entrust us with the continued care of their patients. In addition to that, we also offer direct access to physical therapy care for patients who may not have a referral. Contact our physical therapists today at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics to set up your appointment.