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Nutrition & Physical Performance

group of people stretchingMaintaining strength and muscle mass during cancer treatments helps to prevent or reduce the risk of complications, such as infection, and also enhances quality of life. Our physical therapists help patients and their caregivers regain a sense of hope and control over their health by teaching proper and safe exercise to boost immunity, maintain or rebuild function, endurance, and improve muscle and bone strength. Even a small amount of exercise can help patients decrease side effects and provide benefits such as decreased anxiety and an increased sense of control.

 

Our physical therapist will work with you and your family to develop a personalized program based on your individual needs and goals.  After a thorough assessment of your current status, they will provide easy to follow instructions for how to maximize your physical function.

 

Some of the benefits provided by regular physical therapy and activity include:

  • Improvement of weakness due to cancer or its treatment
  • Improvement of muscle atrophy
  • Decreased fatigue and improved endurance
  • Improvement in impaired balance
  • Improvement in pain tolerance
  • Decreased risk of osteopenia or osteoporosis (bone loss)
  • Decreased peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling in hands or feet)
  • Overall improvement in cardiovascular health
  • Improved immunity and ability to fight infection

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