Many breast cancer patients already know that they should be exercising as part of their recovery, but many find themselves too tired to even think about exercise. Cancer-related fatigue is very common and exercise in and of itself can be a huge aspect of undermining fatigue. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about how exercise can help you beat fatigue related to breast cancer.
How it Works
The equation: more exercise = less fatigue may seem counterintuitive to many. However, when you consider what exercise does to your body, it starts to make a lot of sense.
No matter what type of exercise you do (aerobic, anaerobic, resistive, etc.), you are bringing oxygen into your muscles. At the same time, exercise is bodily waste products. This cycle of adding fresh oxygen to your muscles and removing waste can help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed!
Every Patient is Different
Keep in mind that every patient is different and each person’s body responds to exercise in different ways. One person might feel completely regenerated after a 20 minute workout, while others may need a longer period of exercise. Take things slowly and listen to your body. The important thing is to continue exercising (at whatever level or frequency you’re comfortable).
Twin Cities Physical Therapy Clinics
The physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have three decades of experience providing rehabilitation care to patients. Whether you’re recovering from a surgical procedure, dealing with a recent injury, or struggling with chronic pain – our rehabilitation experts can help address your needs. Learn more about our physical therapy services and set up an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists today. Our primary clinics are located in Minneapolis and Edina, but we provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.
Cancer Rehabilitation: Use of evidence-based manual therapy and exercise to help return people to their prior level of function during and after cancer treatment. This includes evaluationprior to surgery as well as treatment through chemotherapy, radiation, initial and reconstructive therapies, and years afterwards if difficulties persist.
Lymphedema: education, risk reduction, and treatment.
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (neck, back, shoulder, hip, knee, and other injuries): Minimize pain and function (flexibility, strength, daily movement patterns) to allow people to lead their daily lives without being limited by pain.
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