“The Cancer Exercise Specialist is to cancer, what Cardiac Rehabilitation has been for heart attack victims.”
Following cancer surgery and treatment there are numerous physically debilitating side-effects that cancer patients have become accustomed to living with. Cancer survivors no longer have to accept the fact that they have limited range of motion, poor posture, neck and back pain, lymphedema, chronic fatigue etc…following their treatment. A Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) can help to reverse many, if not all, of the agonizing problems that chronically plaque cancer survivors.
What is a Cancer Exercise Specialist?
A Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) is a professional qualified to assess, design, and implement individual and group exercise plans for individuals diagnosed with cancer. The CES is skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting comprehensive fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise recommendations, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion. The CES will have a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, prevention of lymphedema, and contraindications. CES has knowledge regarding all stages of cancer treatment, side-effects, and reconstructive procedures and how they apply to and/or contradict exercise programming.
What is involved in the comprehensive fitness assessment?
- The CES will perform a comprehensive postural assessment to determine muscle imbalances and address chronic pain issues.
- Joint range of motion (ROM) assessments with a goniometer will be conducted to determine cause of ROM limitations.
- Development of a comprehensive rehabilitation program using a variety of approaches including Group Fitness, Personal training, BOSU, Pilates and Yoga exercises.
- Develop a strategic exercise program and progression for each client/patient.
What can you expect from working with a CES?
- Improvement in overall physical strength and flexibility
- Correction of muscle imbalances
- Prevention/management of lymphedema and other potential side effects of treatment Increase in range of motion and correct postural deviations
- Reduction of pain and fatigue
- Receive a personalized exercise treatment program
- Understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
- Understanding of the different surgeries, including breast reconstruction and the impact of these surgeries on physical mobility
- Understanding of the signs and symptoms of upper and lower extremity lymphedema and how to prevent, identify and manage it
What types of Services are available?
- Personal Training & Virtual on line Training
- Group Fitness classes & workshops
- Nordic Walking instruction