Exercise program assists St Andrew's Hospital patients
VISION Exercise Physiology has partnered with St Andrew's Toowoomba Hospital to provide a specialised and tailored exercise program for cancer patients on the Downs.
Called CanConquer, the program is designed for people undergoing, or those who have undergone, cancer-related treatments.
Sessions began last month in the hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit under the supervision of experienced exercise physiologists.
CanConquer specifically tailors its one-on-one program activities to the needs, abilities, health status and exercise experience of the patient, matching their health goals, energy levels and time availability.
Potential issues for cancer patients, including skeletal muscle mass loss, incontinence, a reduced range of motion, lymphedema, postural changes, and reduced core stability, are addressed within the program.
Some of the key benefits of the program can include:
. less nausea and vomiting, pain, constipation and fatigue;
. improved cognitive functioning and self-esteem;
. lowered risk of anxiety and depression and heart disease;
. lessened risk of osteoporosis;
. improved balance, lowering the risk of falls and breaks;
. improved blood flow to legs, lowering the risk of blood clots;
. less dependence on others to undertake normal daily activities;
. help in controlling weight;
. an earlier return to work; and
. an improved quality of life.
For more information about the program and to make a booking, phone Vision Exercise Physiology on 4638 3777, or visit their website at www.visionexercisephysiology.com.au.