Physical activity has been proven to be a powerful, inexpensive, and enjoyable way to prevent many chronic diseases, including cancer. In addition to reducing risk, exercise has been shown to improve survival rates and enhance quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer. Many experts would agree that moving the body utilizing a combination of aerobic, resistance training, and fascial movement therapy is the best prescription. While there is still much to learn about the absolute role various exercise modalities play in disease prevention and chronic disease management, physical activity will likely help make an individual feel better, potentially look better and most certainly move better.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, it is highly recommended for cancer patients to seek out qualified practitioners who are well versed in cancer care and recovery (1). A qualified, compassionate therapist will teach the cancer patient to become self-reliant, help them improve their physical functional for everyday activities and empower them to live a quality life. Research shows the more physically fit an individual is before, during, and after treatment, the better their results (2).
The goal of this course is to review the most up to date theoretical information regarding breast cancer and the associated side effects. And, to arm movement practitioners with specific Merrithew programming protocols for working with patients through all phases of their cancer journey.
- Review current global facts and figures
- Define breast cancer
- Outline the importance of early diagnosis, review detection methods, and identify treatments
- Apply the Merrithew programming protocols for both the pre-operative and post-operative stages