Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

What happens AFTER treatment?

Breast cancer treatment is often followed by a decline in upper body function. In up to 50 per cent of patients, symptoms after surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy include;
Impaired shoulder movement
Muscle weakness
Arm pain and
Cording (fibrous scar tissue developing in the arm after lymph nodes have
been removed)

Other side effects of treatment include;
Difficulty sleeping
Lowered self-esteem
Anxiety and depression
Weight gain - often associated with chemotherapy

New Advances in Rehabilitation

A specific rehabilitation programme aimed at addressing the above issues is available with Stalwart Wellness, Tenterden, Kent.

Genevieve, the owner of Stalwart Wellness is fully qualified in all areas of Breast, Lung, Prostate, Bone and Colon Cancer, and all other Cancer Rehabilitation having gained her Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation Certification, accredited by Macmillan Cancer. She is also a fully Qualified Polestar Rehabilitation Clinical Pilates Practitioner, 500 hours Yoga Teacher and a Level 4 Back Pain Specialist.

The programme is offered to clients on a private 1-2-1 basis or in a small group setting.

Small group setting classes are based on a FREE monthly workshop format, and are free on a first come first served basis. Please contact me for details.

Post-Operative Workout Enhancing Recovery

Pink Ribbon Pilates Weald

The programme will help stretch and strengthen the shoulders, chest, back and abdominal muscles, allowing range of motion to return to the areas affected by breast cancer. This workout accommodates women who have undergone surgery recently or who have long since begun recovery, and is appropriate for all fitness levels.

The Pink Ribbon Pilates Weald, based at Stalwart Wellness Studio, Tenterden, Kent, supports the physical, mental and emotional wellness for those individuals recovering from breast cancer surgery. Pink Ribbon Pilates Weald is run by Genevieve the owner of the Studio.

There are many benefits, which include:
Helping to regain strength and mobility in the affected shoulder and arm
Retraining the core muscles of the abdomen and back
Improving self-confidence
Helping to promote a positive body image
Restoring posture, ensuring proper biomechanics
Enhancing and restoring energy levels
Decreasing stress and tension
Establishing mobility and range of motion (flexibility) for the entire shoulder girdle
Enabling everyday activities and working towards rejoining fitness classes again.

The pain and dysfunction associated with breast cancer therapies is a consequence of restrictions in connective tissue. As a result, the approach is to focus on mobilising restrictions in the connective tissue by using gentle mobilisation and movement science techniques often producing dramatic results. Clients will often regain function in their upper bodies, sometimes after months or even years of impaired movement.

Furthermore, recent studies show a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

Prior to commencing the programme, the client is invited to attend for an individual assessment where a full history is taken.

Beyond the physical rehabilitation that the programme offers participants, it also instills confidence and inspires hope.

Planned and structured return to fitness…

Help yourself at home…
Home practice is very much encouraged – a little every day goes a long way.

Before you start…
As everyone is different and heals at an individual pace, you should consult with your health care provider before starting this or any exercise session.

Why choose me to help you on your recovery?

Private sessions available.

Everyone's experience of breast cancer will be different, so your Pilates and Yoga journey will also be different. We offer private courses that are tailored to suit you, using various methods. Please see Private Lessons page for details. We understand that you will have good days (and not so good), and we are flexible enough to work around you.

You might have regular hospital appointments or just need some time to yourself; all of these can be accommodated during your course.

What matters is that during each of your sessions you leave feeling great about what you have just achieved and that you feel confident in practicing them at home.

If you feel you would benefit from a course of Clinical Pilates or Yoga specifically for breast cancer, or other type of Cancer please contact me.

Breast Cancer –Treatments

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women in the western world and of rising concern in developing countries.

Medical treatments for breast cancer may include;
Hormone replacement therapy and

Depending on the histology and the extent of the disease, combinations of surgery and adjuvant therapy may be used. Although effective in treatment of cancer, the above interventions are often associated with side effects which may affect a patient's function and quality of life.

Advances in medicine and technology, combined with improved therapy and earlier detection have thankfully led to an increased survival rate. However, with more women now living with their disease, issues of survivorship, both physical and psychosocial, are of increasing importance. Quality of life strongly depends on physical function.

All enquiries welcome. Contact us or 07779 670502
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